The Hoops will need as many options available as possible on Wednesday when the stubborn side from Kazakhstan roll into town, with the tie evenly poised at 1-1 from the first-leg.
But Israeli midfielder Bitton looks touch-and-go after injuring his ankle in a clash with Turkish defender Arda Tutan in the opening minute of the glamour friendly with Barcelona on Saturday.
He played on until the half-time interval, but judging by the picture his agent tweeted today, that probably wasn’t the wisest move:
TheWayNirBitton injury looks lastnight#hopefullyBefineForWednesday? pic.twitter.com/0Krl5qU49P
— Dudu Dahan (@dududahan555) August 1, 2016
Of course, Bitton is just one in a long line of casualties for Celtic; Jozo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko have all been sidelined with various different knocks, while Kieran Tierney missed the game against Barca as a precaution.
What do you think of Bitton’s ankle? How big a miss would he be for Celtic against Astana?