Report: Postecoglou eyes 5-cap leader with ‘unfinished business’ for Celtic rebuild
Celtic are exploring a potential Parkhead return for defender Erik Sviatchenko, according to the Daily Record.
Ange Postecoglou is eying a move for the Midtjylland enforcer as he begins to draw up a shortlist of targets. Celtic confirmed the 55-year-old as Neil Lennon’s replacement as he is tasked with wrestling the Premiership title back from Rangers.
The new Hoops boss is already planning how to rebuild Celtic’s ranks and could bring former invincible Sviatchenko back. He left Glasgow to re-join Midtjylland in 2018 but is understood to have ‘unfinished business’ at Parkhead.
Sviatchenko is a strong option for Postecoglou’s first window in charge as he knows Celtic and the club’s culture well. That would allow him to settle at Parkhead and form a part of the significant rebuild with much more ease than other options.
Sviatchenko would also be available to move to Glasgow sooner than those competing at Euro 2020. The 29-year-old has not featured for Norway since 2016, while his country failed to make the tournament.
Celtic can sign Sviatchenko through a buy-out clause in his Midtjylland contract, but could face rival interest. Premier League clubs are also sounding out the five-cap defender for a summer switch to England.
Sviatchenko is under contract at the MCH Arena until 2024 and Ulvene will likely be loath to lose their captain. He led Brian Priske’s side to a second-place finish in the Danish Superliga last season, missing out on the title by a point.
TBR’s view: Celtic should explore Sviatchenko return
There are plenty of reasons why Celtic should explore Sviatchenko returning to Parkhead. Not having to wait for Euro 2020 to finish is one, but his knowledge of the Hoops will be key.
Postecoglou will be expected to show a lot of progress from an early stage to show he is the right man for the job. That task will be even harder should Kristoffer Ajer leave Glasgow, with Newcastle advancing their interest (Daily Mail).
Sviatchenko would also help Postecoglou replace the leadership that Ajer brings to the Celtic defence. If he has unfinished business at Parkhead, as well, then the three-time Premiership winner will likely be itching for a fourth.
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