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‘WE GO AGAIN,’ BITTON’S RALLYING CALL

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NIR BITTON summed up Celtic’s never-say-die attitude in three words: “We go again.”

The Israeli international put in a good shift in the 2-2 draw against Livingston in West Lothian last night where the champions actually increased their lead at the top of the Premiership to 13 points.

While the Hoops, who had taken a 16th-minute lead through Callum McGregor, had to rely on a stoppage-time equaliser from substitute Tom Rogic, Steven Gerrard was witnessing another x-certificate performance from his Rangers side as they slumped 1-0 to relegation-threatened Hamilton Accies at Ibrox.

The Parkhead men are now six wins away from their ninth successive title, but Bitton, who played wide right in a back three at Livi, is taking nothing for granted.

The versatile ace, speaking to the club website, said: “When you play for a club like Celtic, you have to believe all the time. We’re always fighting for trophies and we have a winning mentality.

“We’re always on the front foot and we’re always trying to win the game. It’s a special dressing room. Now, we focus on St Mirren at Celtic Park on Saturday and we go again.”

Reflecting on the battle against Gary Holt’s determined outfit, Bitton added: “It was very tough. It’s not the best place to come and play. We knew before the game it was going to be a tough one and we had to match it. I think we created enough chances to win the game, but it wasn’t to be.

“We always believe in ourselves. We had to chase the game after giving away two goals, but we have guys on the bench who can change a game for you – and they did that.

“Every away game is difficult, everyone wants to beat us and be the hero. We need to accept that, face it, match and go one better. We do that every week and we need to keep going.

“We need to make sure we remain focused, we remain concentrated and we need to win as many games as we can.

“I think we played some good football against Livingston. During the game you only concentrate on yourself and your own game. We need to stick to our game-plan and we need to win as many games as we can.”

That will continue against Jim Goodwin’s Paisley side in the east end of Glasgow on Saturday before the intriguing match at Ibrox eight days later.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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