Report: Celtic linked with FC Midtjylland defender Erik Sviatchenko, rival Premier League interest

Celtic are keen on Sviatchenko, as well as Premier League sides Stoke and AFC Bournemouth.

As reported by the Scotsman, Celtic are keen on signing Erik Sviatchenko from FC Midtjylland, along with Premier League clubs Stoke City and Bournemouth.

The 23-year-old is a centre-back who has been capped twice by Denmark, and is a graduate of the famed Midtjylland youth academy. This same academy produced the likes of Simon Kjaer and Winston Reid, the latter who is a regular Premier League star, with the club well regarded for its famous ‘Moneyball’ techniques.

There is no reference to a transfer fee that Celtic will have to pay to sign the defender, with a contract that runs until 2017, and being highly valued at his current club, but he could be tempted to Parkhead knowing that consistent first-team football is his for the taking.

Celtic’s new defensive partnership?

This link with Sviatchenko comes following the signing of Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City. Jason Denayer has returned to City at the end of his loan deal, and Virgil van Dijk is pushing for a move away from the club.

This means Boyata is guaranteed first-team football, and if Sviatchenko is signed he will be the other first-choice centre-back, alongside the Belgian international. This makes the duo Celtic’s new-look central defensive partnership ahead of the new season, and both being young talents, they have shown they can develop into top level defenders. It promises to be a bright time for the Bhoys, with an even brighter future ahead.

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