Chris Sutton offers his verdict on Erik Sviatchenko signing

Celtic recently signed Erik Sviatchenko from FC Midtjylland.

Chris Sutton has suggested in The Daily Record that Erik Sviatchenko has been a good signing for Celtic.

The Scottish Premiership giants recruited Sviatchenko from Midtjylland earlier this month. The 24-year-old defender has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Celtic and was recruited for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be in the region of £1.5 million.

The former Celtic striker seems to believe that the 24-year-old defender will prove to be a good signing for Ronny Deila’s side.

“So a couple of weeks ago, when the move was made for Erik Sviatchenko, it made perfect sense,” Sutton wrote in The Daily Record. “Here was a central defender, an area which Celtic needed to address, with good experience.

“Senior international caps for Denmark under his belt and having just led his club side FC Midtjylland to the national title.

"Without having seen the guy actually play for Celtic yet, it’s looks good business on a number of fronts, not least that he cost just £1.5million.

“That was exactly the type of signing Deila said that he wanted, it ticked all of the boxes for the long-term planning and should work on all levels.”

Celtic are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 55 points from 23 matches. The Hoops are six points clear of second-placed Aberdeen and are likely to win the league title yet again.

Sviatchenko is a long-term investment for Celtic, and his experience of playing in European competitions will be important in the Champions League qualifiers in the summer.

With Celtic virtually assured of winning the league title this season, the coming months will be important for the Denmark international in understanding Scottish football and developing a strong relationship with his teammates on the pitch.

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