Mark Wilson hails Celtic man Erik Sviatchenko

Celtic Parkhead

Mark Wilson claims Erik Sviatchenko represents one of Ronny Deila's best signings for Celtic.

Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has told Sky Sports that centre-back Erik Sviatchenko represents one of manager Ronny Deila's best signings.

Sviatchenko signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Bhoys in January, arriving for a reported £1.5 million (The Mail) from Danish side Midtjylland.

The 24-year-old has since emerged as a promising figure in a Hoops defence which had looked occasionally erratic and disjointed prior to his arrival, though his disciplinary record leaves something to be desired after picking up five yellow cards in his first 11 games for the club.

Deila, who replaced Neil Lennon in 2014, has made 23 signings in that time and many have failed to prove successful at Parkhead, but Wilson says that Sviatchenko is certainly more hit than miss.

The big centre-back is struggling to be fit for Celtic's massive Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers on Sunday with a thigh injury, and Wilson says that it would be a big blow for the Norwegian coach if he is ruled out.

"Of all the signings Ronny Deila has made, Sviatchenko looks to be one of the strongest," Wilson is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"He looks comfortable on the ball and looks to be a good defender, and that's a position Celtic have had problems with all season. The other option is Charlie Mulgrew, who I think is an outstanding centre half for Celtic, especially on that left side, so they have got cover there, but I think Ronny Deila would prefer to play Sviatchenko."

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