Erik Sviatchenko hints Celtic's style of play under Brendan Rodgers could look familiar to Premier League fans

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The Northern Irishman is preparing for his first season in charge of the Scottish Premiership side.

Celtic's Erik SviatchenkoCeltic's Erik Sviatchenko

Erik Sviatchenko has admitted that he is excited about how Celtic will play this season as he believes that their style under Brendan Rodgers could resemble the philosophy he instilled in his teams during his time in the Premier League, the Evening Times reports.

As well as having failed to achieve much other than clinching back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles, much of the criticism that was sent Ronny Deila's way during his tenure was centred around a style of play that was largely underwhelming given that the Hoops went into most games as clear favourites. 

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

But Sviatchenko has backed the Norwegian's successor to instil the style that helped establish Swansea in the top flight and took Liverpool to the brink of the title. 

"It's a new manager with new ideas and so far the ideas for me have been what I want to be doing. It's about history as well, and how the manager played at Swansea and Liverpool," he told the Evening Times.

"I think it will be something similar to that so at this point it's really, really interesting yeah.

"I am excited about it. We need to dominate games even more than we did last year. To do that we need to be in a physical shape that is absolutely fantastic, that’s what this week has been about."

Erik Sviatchenko celebrates after scoring the first goal for Celtic

While an attractive style of play does not necessarily bring success, it would undoubtedly help create the kind of positive atmosphere that was largely missing especially during Deila's final season with the club.

That positive mood should give the side the extra lift they need as they try to see off any team hoping to mount a challenge for the league crown.

And if they are capable of adopting a free-flowing style, and enjoy success with it, it would arguably boost their chances of landing their transfer targets in the future as they are more likely to look on and admire the way that Rodgers has got the team playing. 

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