Celtic: Nir Bitton signs contract extension until 2023

Nir Bitton and Florian Kamberi
Nir Bitton (left) is nearing 200 Celtic appearances

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the club until 2023.

The Israel international, 28, joined the club from Ashdod in August 2013, meaning his new deal would keep in Scotland for a decade.

This season he has made 21 appearances for the Scottish champions, including a starting berth in Sunday's 2-0 win over Hibernian.

"I would never have thought I would stay here for 10 years," said Bitton.

"This is a big achievement for myself, my family and I'm just happy. It was a mutual agreement. Me and [manager] Neil Lennon have a good relationship. We speak a lot and as long as I'm here I'll give everything for him. He has trusted me through my entire career and I just want to give back to him."

'He's coming in to his peak years'

Bitton, who joined during Lennon's first spell as Celtic manager, has won every major Scottish honour with Celtic, including six Scottish Premiership titles.

He has also won 25 senior international caps and could feature for Israel when they take on Scotland at Hampden in March's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final.

"He has been here a while and he knows the club," said Lennon. "He's a very good player. I think he's coming in to his peak years. Whatever role we ask him to do he comes in and he's not just versatile, he plays the position very, very well. Whether that be in midfield or at centre-half.

"So I'm delighted and I think he's delighted too."