Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko had a difficult second half of the season
Erik Sviatchenko started last season as one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic team-sheet. However, as the campaign progressed, the Dane found himself overtaken by the dramatic return to form of Dedryck Boyata.
As such, after being left out of the team as Celtic clinched a sixth straight league title with a 5-0 battering of Hearts in April, Sviatchenko made his frustrations clear.
“Since January, I have not figured as much as I’d hoped. It is the first time in my career I have sat on the bench and not been selected, although in fact I’m fit,” Sviatchenko told Danish publication BT.
“It is obviously a tiresome situation, especially when I’ve had such a big role until July and then not be as dominant as I’d expected. Right now it’s frustrating.”
This was just a month after Sviatchenko admitted that he had turned down the chance to move to then-Premier League champions Leicester City on two occasions because he felt remaining at Celtic would benefit his career long-term, as reported by The Express.
However, it is fair to say dropping to third choice in Rodgers’ centre-back ranking means the 25-year-old could give far more consideration to offers if they arose again this summer.
And with the Scottish Sun claiming that Celtic hold an interest in highly-rated Lens defender Jean-Kevin Duverne amid reports in France that they had made a £5 million bid, you wonder whether Sviatchenko could be forced out of Parkhead.
After all, the 19-year-old, who emerged as one of France’s most exciting young defenders last season as Lens attempted in vain to return to the top flight, would arrive as direct competition for Sviatchenko, potentially pushing him further down the pecking order.
And possibly into the arms of Leicester.