Celtic have been delivered awful news ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League clash against Zenit St Petersburg after hearing that Nir Bitton has been ruled out until the end of the season, according to a report.
The Daily Record understands that the Israeli midfielder had been struggling with a knee injury and will now require an operation to resolve the issue.
Bitton has not played for the Hoops since the 1-0 defeat away at Kilmarnock.
Brendan Rodgers already has a lengthy casualty list with a host of stars sidelined through injury and after the 26-year-old saw a specialist in London last week, he was told he would need season-ending surgery.
Stuart Armstrong, Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts, Craig Gordon, Dedryk Boyata are also out of the tie against the Russian giants while January transfer signing Marvin Compper is cup-tied and therefore unable to feature.
The Hoops already have a stern enough test without having to face Zenit missing a number of their key players.
There is some good news for Rodgers though.
Mikael Lustig is expected to be ready after recovering from a knee problem incurred during the Scottish Cup win over Partick Thistle and Tom Rogic could also feature.
Meanwhile, Roberts is waiting for the all-clear from Manchester City on a hamstring injury.
In other Celtic news, manager delivers u-turn over last-minute decision on senior star in Hoops v Zenit.

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