Nir Biton hoping to break cup curse with Celtic win

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CELTIC midfielder Nir Biton is hoping he can finally break his knock-out curse by lifting the Scottish League Cup.

The Israeli international has never reached the final of a senior tournament but will finally get his chance when the Hoops take on Dundee United at Hampden in the season’s first showpiece fixture.

Biton has never reached the final of a senior tournament but will finally get his chance on Sunday. Picture: John Devlin

Biton has never reached the final of a senior tournament but will finally get his chance on Sunday. Picture: John Devlin

Now the former FC Ashdod midfielder is hoping he can add a League Cup winners’ medal to the Scottish Premiership gong he picked up last season.

Biton said: “I have never played in a cup final, just two semi-finals in Israel.

“When you get to the semi-finals and you only have two games to win to win a trophy, it’s annoying to lose in a semi-final. But as a professional player you need to keep looking forward. Now I have a big chance to win a cup with Celtic and this is a big thing for me.

“Everything in life happens for a good reason and when you lose one title, you look to win the second title.

“Especially in a cup, anything is possible in 90 minutes. We know everybody expects us to win but Dundee United showed last Sunday, it will be difficult for us like every game in the Scottish league. We need to have a good mentality.

“A lot of Celtic games are live in Israel, especially cup finals, so everyone will be looking forward to it.

“When you play for a team like Celtic it’s a huge club with a lot of fans all over the world, so a lot of people will be looking forward to it in Israel.”

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