Peter Schmeichel says Erik Sviatchenko must improve

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Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko must step it up in the Scottish Premiership, says Peter Schmeichel.

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has told Sky Sports that his fellow Dane and Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko needs to improve.

The 24-year-old centre-back joined the Bhoys for a reported £2 million from Danish side Midtjylland in January, and has been ever present in Ronny Deila's back four.

He has, at times, looked slightly off the pace in Scotland's top flight however, and has picked up five yellow card in his first nine games for the Hoops - seven Premiership outings and two Scottish Cup appearances.

For Schmeichel, a question marks remains hanging over his compatriot, but the legendary Premier League goalkeeper says he will reserve long-term judgement until he has had a proper chance to adapt to the Premiership.

Schmeichel told Sky Sports, via Deadline News: “Will he become a mainstay in the Denmark defence? It doesn’t look like it. That position is probably our best position in terms of the players that we have available.

“I think he needs to step it up a little bit, he’s played in Denmark for a long, long time.

“He’s come over here. He’s only been here a few months but he needs more experience at a higher level, more tempo, more physical. I would like to see him for a few more months before making that call.”

 

Sviatchenko won the Danish Superliga Player of the Year recently, so he clearly has the skills in that country, but it remains to be seen if he can reproduce his standard in Scotland.

 

Celtic have some big games on the horizon - games like the small matter of a Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers on April 17, and the Dane may endear himself to the supporters with a strong showing at Hampden Park.

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