Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has confirmed that Brendan Rodgers has told him to find a new club in the January transfer window.
Sviatchenko, 26, has been left on the sidelines for almost the entirety of the season and even though he has returned from injury, Rodgers has constantly overlooked the Denmark international.
He has not played since the 1-0 Champions League qualifier win against Rosenborg in August and that now appears as though it could be the centre-back’s final game as he is due to exit Parkhead.
Sviatchenko has now confirmed that his agent has been contacted by “attractive” clubs now that the January window has officially opened.
“The manager has told me to find a new club,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“There have been clubs from several leagues who have contacted my agent. These are attractive clubs, so I’m looking forward to my future with optimism.
“My transfer value, of course, falls the less I play, but my qualities as a player don’t get worse…on the contrary.”
He added: “I have been happy with my stay in Celtic and Scotland, but I’m also pleased to be able to go to another club.”
Sviatchenko signed for Celtic in January 2016 by Ronny Deila and he has since made 63 appearances across all competitions in Scotland.
The former Midtjylland centre-back has been cast further down the pecking order though this term due to the emergence of Kristoffer Ajer and with Marvin Compper also making his move to Glasgow from RB Leipzig, it seems that an exit for Sviatchenko is best for all parties.
The Daily Record has previously reported that Danish giants FC Copenhagen have the 26-year-old back on their radar and are plotting a £1.5million move for him this month.
In other Celtic news, a seven-figure price tag has been slapped on this stylish enforcer wanted by the Bhoys and bitter rivals Rangers.
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