By John Reid

Brendan Rodgers has came to the defence of Nir Bitton.

Bitton, normally a defensive midfielder, has been forced to play as a stand-in centre-back at times this season.

With injuries to recognised defenders Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko at different times of the season, the Celtic manager has had to improvise.

Bitton has fared fairly well domestically whilst at centre-back but it has been a different story in Europe.

He was part of the backline which conceded four in Astana as Celtic almost blew a five goal first-leg lead in the Champions League qualifiers.

He also played in the team which shipped three goals against Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages and has come in for criticism from fans.

Despite this, at today’s AGM Brendan Rodgers sprung to the defence of his player, telling his critics that they have ‘confirmation bias’.

Despite the praise from Rodgers, Celtic fans will be hoping to have an actual centre-half back in the team to partner Dedryck Boyata sooner rather than later.

The Hoops are next in action with a lunchtime trip to Ross County as the Scottish Premiership returns after the international break followed by next Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Paris as Celtic take on the PSG of Cavani, Mbappe and Neymar.

In other Celtic team news, fans have saluted Tom Rogic’s performance for Australia against Honduras.

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