Bitton unfazed by competition at Celtic

Nir Bitton says he doesn’t worry about competition at Celtic instead choosing to focus on himself.

The Hoops have a number of midfielders all vying for a first-team spot and the competition for places has only increased after the return of Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew.

Bitton has been a firm fixture in Ronny Deila’s starting XI in the absence of Brown and Mulgrew but concedes he won’t be a guaranteed start against Ross County this weekend.

“As a player you need to be sure in the way you play and for me I don’t think about other players I think about myself,” he said.

“If I play on Saturday I will do as much as I can to do the simple things that I do. This is the most important thing for me.

“We are Celtic, we are a strong team and everyone wants to play.

“It’s not about me or someone else. It’s about Celtic as a team and if the gaffer chooses me to play then I’ll do as much as I can to help the team to win if he doesn’t then I’ll be more than happy if Celtic win on Saturday.”

Bitton admits it’s been a hard week for Celtic after consecutive defeats to Ross County in the League Cup semi-final and Aberdeen in the Premiership which has brought the Dons on level terms, but he says even the biggest teams in world go through sticky patches.

“It’s been a tough week: two disappointing results, first the semi-final then the Aberdeen game but when you play for a club like Celtic you always want to win and bounce back.

“We always look forward, we have an important game on Saturday and want to win it.

“If you look at the biggest teams in the world you always have tough times if you look at Chelsea or Real Madrid they don’t even win every game.

“Sometimes you have this type of thing. The most important thing is to bounce back and win the next game.”

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