Erik Sviatchenko unconcerned about changes new Celtic boss will want to make as he plans to become one of Europe's best


The Scottish Premiership side will have a new manager from next season.

Celtic star Erik Sviatchenko has explained that his ultimate personal goal is to become one of the best defenders in Europe, the Evening Times reports.

The 24-year-old only joined the Hoops during the January transfer window but appears to have already become one of the more reliable players in the squad and has helped Ronny Deila's men virtually clinch their fifth league crown in a row.

But rather than be happy about the progress he has made in such a short space of time, Sviatchenko has explained that he is hoping to keep improving until he is put alongside the very best that the continent has to offer.

"I'm composed as a person, know what I want to do and know how to play football," he told the Evening Times.

"It's a part of you saying loud that you want to be one of the best defenders in Europe. To do that, you have to deal with changes that come.

"I said that I wanted to move abroad from Denmark and it has been a long and tough way towards it. Now I'm here and now it starts again. I'm at a new club and I want to be the best I can here."

One thing that may prevent Sviatchenko from achieving his goal is the fact that the Scottish Premiership side will be appointing a new manager at the end of the campaign.

But, according to the Evening Times, the Denmark international is not worried about what will be expected of him once the new boss arrives at Parkhead. 

"It's natural a new coach will come in, do adaptations and do what he thinks is needed. That is natural when coaches are replaced and there will be some changes. I will respect what the new manager will say," he told the Evening Times.

Though it does seem likely that whoever the new man is, they will look to implement changes, potentially to the playing squad, Sviatchenko's performances since he has been given a chance should surely earn him an opportunity to prove himself.

His partnership with Charlie Mulgrew has been arguably one of the more impressive pairings in the Bhoys's squad this term. And while he is some way off being Europe's best centre-back, he has a good case to say that he is currently Celtic's best in that position.

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