By Aramide Oladipo
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped huge praise on first-team regular Nir Bitton for his performances for the club this season.
The 26-year-old, who is naturally is a defensive midfielder, has had to adapt to playing in a back-four this season due the amount of injuries to numerous defenders.
Bitton helped the Hoops secure their second consecutive clean sheet in the league, as they took all three points against Ross County on Saturday with a 1-0 victory.
The result means that the SPL champions are now six points clear at the top of the table after Aberdeen, Hibernian and Rangers all suffered defeats.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Celtic boss Rodgers singled out Bitton for praise and revealed that the he is likely to continue playing in defence.
“This guy gets slated for not being a centre-half, but I haven’t seen one better outside of Celtic,” he said.
“He’s heading it, he’s defending it aggressive and then he goes and he can play. I thought he was outstanding.
“He’s still learning the role, learning the position, learning that aggressive side to it.
“But also, in a team of dominance, the players at the back need to be confident on the ball. You can see how he gives that extra dimension.”
Bitton has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign in terms of minutes on the pitch, featuring in 18 matches in all competitions and contributing with two assists in the process.
Celtic’s win over Ross County means that they have now extended their unbeaten record in domestic competitions to 64 matches.
The Hoops now face the difficult task of playing against Ligue 1 table topping Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
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