Marc Rieper compares new Celtic signing Sviatchenko to Daniel Agger, predicts future England move

Former Celtic defender Marc Rieper is a big fan of new Bhoys signing Erik Sviatchenko.

Former Celtic defender Marc Rieper has told the Daily Record that he thinks new Bhoys signing Erik Sviatchenko could become as good as ex-Liverpool man Daniel Agger.

Celtic, who beat Dundee United 4-1 on Friday night in a convincing victory, made their first signing of the January transfer window earlier today.

Danish international centre back Erik Sviatchenko has left Midtjylland for Celtic Park, with BBC Sport reporting that the deal will cost the Bhoys around £1.5m.

Having seen his defence struggle this term, manager Ronny Deila will be delighted to have snapped up Sviatchenko, who has been highly rated in his native Denmark.

One man who knows plenty about Sviatchenko and playing for Celtic is former Bhoys defender Marc Rieper, who played 61 times for the Danish national team.

Rieper joined Celtic from West Ham United back in 1997 before retiring in 2000, and has now given his view on his compatriot Sviatchenko.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Rieper claims Sviatchenko could reach the levels of former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, who had a successful Premier League career before heading back to Brondby in Denmark.

Rieper also believes that Sviatchenko could end up in the Premier League, just as played likes Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk, Ki Sung-yueng and Victor Wanyama did, using Celtic as something of a stepping stone to make a big move to Engalnd.

"Erik is highly rated in Denmark. Together with Agger and Kjaer he’s the best defender in our country," said Rieper. "And he’s the up-and-coming one. He has the future running for him. When Agger was at his best, he was outstanding. But Erik is capable of getting up to that level.

"This is a good deal for both parties. Erik gets to try something that he would consider to be a bigger stage. And Celtic are getting a very good defender. He’s really composed on the pitch. Even though he’s not the biggest, he’s strong in the air and has quick feet. Erik has more or less everything you would want in a defender."

"If he handles himself right in Glasgow then it will be a great move for him. To get him for £1.5m sounds like a good deal for Celtic. In the future he has the potential to be worth a lot more to them. If he does well in Glasgow then it could be a good step for him to move into the English Premier League. If he shows quality in the Scottish league and also in Europe – which he has done already for Midtjylland – I’m sure he can move on to even bigger things later in his career," he added.

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