Barry Ferguson says he likes the look of Erik Sviatchenko

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson

Barry Ferguson rates Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko highly.

Barry Ferguson RangersBarry Ferguson at Rangers

Former Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson has praised Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko in The Daily Record.

The former Rangers star has included the 24-year-old centre-back in his Old Firm XI.

Ferguson, a former Scotland international, believes that Sviatchenko reads the game well and uses the ball well.

Celtic's Erik SviatchenkoCeltic's Erik Sviatchenko

“At the centre of my defence my first pick is Erik Sviatchenko,” Ferguson wrote in The Daily Record.

“I like the look of this guy. I like the way he plays. He’s not just a good defender but he reads the game really well and uses the ball well too. So he’s in.”

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko heads at goalCeltic's Erik Sviatchenko

Sviatchenko joined Celtic from FC Midtjylland in the January transfer window.

According to BBC Sport, the Scottish Premiership giants had to pay £1.5 million in order to secure the services of the Denmark international.

The 24-year-old central defender played quite well for Celtic during the second half of last season.

Sviatchenko will be a key player for the Bhoys during the 2016-17 campaign.

Celtic will be aiming to win the Scottish Premiership title this season as well as progress to the group stage of the Champions League under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Ferguson’s former club, Rangers, will also feature in the Scottish Premiership this campaign.

Mark Warburton’s side won the Scottish Championship title with ease last season and will be aiming to clinch the Scottish Premiership in 2016-17.

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