After making his La Liga debut against Granada, Hector Bellerin didn’t feature on Thursday against Celtic, but there’s no cause for concern.

Hector Bellerin of Real Betis in action during the Liga match between Granada CF and Real Betis at Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium on September 13, 2021, in Granada, Spain. Copyright: Jose M. Baldomero
Hector Bellerin of Real Betis in action during the Liga match between Granada CF and Real Betis at Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium on September 13, 2021, in Granada, Spain. Copyright: Jose M. Baldomero

Hector Bellerin joined Arsenal’s list of summer loanees signing for Real Betis on transfer deadline day, and he made a positive debut against Granada earlier this week.

Playing the full 90 minutes, Bellerin created a couple of chances, made three clearances and one tackle as Betis earned their first win of the season. However, the right-back dropped to the bench for the full match against Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday.

Bellerin didn’t come on in what turned out to be a thrilling 4-3 win for Betis, but there’s nothing to worry about. He was simply being rested, particularly after his 90 minutes a few days earlier and the expectation he’ll start against Espanyol this Sunday.

In fact, only three players started both games this week, as Manuel Pellegrini rotated heavily between competitions. This may change as the Europa League progresses, but it seems he’s making La Liga his priority for now.

That makes sense, as you’d hope that Betis could secure at least a top-two finish at this stage of the competition, having now beaten Celtic and with Ferencvaros still to play home and away. Bayer Leverkusen will provide a threat, but it’s still a winnable group.

If things do start to go wrong in the upcoming games, you’d imagine that’s when the likes of Bellerin will start to get minutes to secure Betis’ progression.

Thank you to Óscar Murilllo of Estadio Deportivo for his help with this article.

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