By Aramide Oladipo
Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has revealed that he expects to remain at the club this season despite reports linking him with a move away.
This follows up from the story in Danish news outlet BT which claimed that Italian giants SS Lazio and Fiorentina were still looking to snap up the 25-year-old before the transfer window shuts on Thursday evening.
The central defender has only featured in two matches for the Hoops this season which came in the Champions League qualifiers against Linfield and Rosenborg.
Sviatchenko suffered a knee injury in the match against Rosenborg which has seen him miss the start of the domestic campaign.
As quoted in the Danish BT, the defender admitted that he is willing to fight for a place in the starting lineup at Celtic Park once he recovers from his setback.
“I expect to stay at Celtic,” he said.
“Here I will remain third choice in the central defence, but that may change when I come back.
“Now it’s about getting as strong as possible so I can join in an exciting and busy autumn season with the Champions League and many other important matches.”
The SPL champions have not appeared to miss the Denmark international as they have managed to keep four clean sheets in seven matches in all competitions whilst he has been out of action.
Sviatchenko was an important member of the Celtic first-team last season, making a total of 43 appearances in all competitions, helping the club achieve a memorable domestic treble.