Erik Sviatchenko explains why he rejected Italian and Championship clubs for Celtic

The 24-year-old is delighted to have sealed a move to Parkhead.

Erik Sviatchenko says he rejected offers from Italy, France and the Championship to join Celtic.

The defender has joined to bolster the Bhoys' back line, where there is already heavy competition for a first-team place - even if form hasn't been easy to find for those competing.

And he says he had several other offers - but that none of them could compare to a 'huge club' like Celtic.

The Hoops won 4-1 at Dundee United on Friday night and have now been boosted by Sviatchenko's arrival.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila, meanwhile, says the club were scouting the 24-year-old for a 'long time' and highlighted his experience in Denmark.

Experience, Deila says, that belies Sviatchenko's young years:

The Bhoys are three points clear of second-placed Aberdeen after Friday's win, leaving them top of the Scottish Premiership and with a game in hand over the Dons.

And next up for Celtic is a home clash against Hamilton tomorrow night.

Can Sviatchenko play a big part in Glasgow or will he end up like some of Celtic's more underwhelming signings in recent years?

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