Erik Sviatchenko claims he's had to become a leader in the Celtic side

The defender only joined the Scottish Premiership champions during the January transfer window.

Erik Sviatchenko may have only completed his move to Celtic during the most recent January transfer window, but he has claimed that he has already had to adopt a leadership role in Ronny Deila's side, according to the Daily Record.

The 24-year-old has only made five appearances for the Hoops since joining the club last month, but he admitted that he has taken it upon himself to make his presence known in the team. 

The Record reports that when asked about whether he enjoyed being considered one of the leaders of the side, Sviatchenko responded: "I have to do it. That's my role.

"I am playing in the centre of the pitch and if I don't say anything we will be in trouble.

"I am not only helping myself, but also my teammates. When we are playing I am doing it, not for me, but for the team."

The Denmark international endured a difficult start to life at Parkhead. Having made his debut much earlier than Deila would have probably liked - as he came on after just 14 minutes of the League Cup semi-final defeat to Ross County to fill the gap left in the Bhoys' defence after Efe Ambrose was dismissed - it is little surprise that he was unable to prevent Celtic falling to defeat in his first two matches.

However, in the last three games, the partnership of Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata has been much more solid and has helped the side bag a hat-trick of clean sheets to consolidate their position at the top of the table.  

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