Former Celtic player rips into Leeds midfielder

Sunderland-owned Leeds United midfielder Liam Bridcutt made a dangerous challenge on Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko during the international friendly between Scotland and Denmark.

Former Celtic and Scotland international winger David Provan has criticised Sunderland-owned Leeds United midfielder Liam Bridcutt in The Scottish Sun.

Bridcutt made a rash challenge on Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko during the friendly international game between Scotland and Denmark at Hampden Park last month.

Sviatchenko, who joined the Bhoys in the January transfer window, did not suffer any injury, but the tackle from the Leeds defensive midfielder has been widely criticised.

Former Celtic defender Provan has criticised the 26-year-old strongly, suggesting that he has no footballing intelligence.

“If intelligence is required for international football, Liam Bridcutt has just ruled himself out,” Provan wrote in The Scottish Sun. “What was he thinking making THAT challenge on Erik Sviatchenko?

“In the same area of the Hampden pitch where Ionel Ganea’s lunge ruined John Kennedy’s career, Bridcutt’s tackle was every bit as dangerous."

Bridcutt’s challenge on Sviatchenko was bad and dangerous, but it does not mean that he is a bad player.

True, the former Chelsea prospect is not good enough for the Premier League, but he is certainly a quality Championship player.

The Scotland international has been on loan at Leeds from Premier League outfit Sunderland since November and has established himself as an important player for the West Yorkshire outfit.

In 18 Championship appearances for the Whites so far this season, Bridcutt has created 14 chances, has a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 17%, and has won 21 headers, eight dribbles and 35 tackles.

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