Nir Biton

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Nir Biton
ניר ביטון
Nir Biton Euro U-21 2013.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Ashdod, Israel
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 6
Youth career
?–2009 FC Ashdod
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 FC Ashdod 123 (14)
2013– Celtic 15 (0)
National team
2008 Israel U17 5 (0)
2009 Israel U18 2 (0)
2009 Israel U19 15 (0)
2010– Israel U21 19 (2)
2010– Israel 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Nir Biton (Hebrew: ניר ביטון‎; born 30 October 1991) is an Israeli professional footballer who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Scottish Premiership club Celtic and captains the Israel national under-21 football team.

Career[edit]

FC Ashdod[edit]

Biton made his league debut in an Israeli Premier League match against Beitar Jerusalem on 25 April 2009 when he replaced Lior Reuven in the 46th minute.

Celtic[edit]

On 30 August 2013, Biton signed a four-year deal with Scottish Premiership club Celtic, for a fee of around £700,000 and a 20% sell on clause for Israeli Premier League club FC Ashdod.[1] He made his debut for the club on 18 September 2013, in a Champions League group stage match against AC Milan, coming in to the game as a late substitute at the 89th minute. He came as a 77th minute substitute in the Champions League match against Ajax on 22 October, but was sent off ten minutes later for a late tackle on Thulani Serero.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 March 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Israel League Cup's Europe Total
2009 F.C. Ashdod Ligat ha'Al 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–2010 21 1 7 0 0 0 28 1
2010–2011 34 5 9 0 0 0 43 5
2011–2012 36 4 3 0 0 0 39 4
2012–2013 31 4 3 0 0 0 34 4
Ashdod Total 123 14 19 0 0 0 142 14
2013–2014 Celtic Scottish Premiership 15 0 2 0 3 0 20 0
Celtic Total 15 0 2 0 3 0 20 0
Career Total 138 14 21 0 3 0 162 14

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Celtic

International career[edit]

In 2009, Biton was selected to represent Israel at the 2009 Maccabiah Games.[2] He made his senior debut for Israel in a friendly match against Uruguay on May 26, 2010.

References[edit]

  • "Nir Biton". Football Database. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Celtic sign Israeli star, Nir Biton". Celtic FC. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "סגלי נבחרות ישראל לטורניר הכדורגל של המכביה". Israel Football Association. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-07-12.