Celtic give emphatic response after Champions League team bid for first-teamer - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Celtic have turned down a bid from FC Copenhagen for defender Erik Sviatchenko, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the Danish outfit made a £2.7million offer for the 25-year-old but it was rejected by the SPL champions.
The newspaper reports that the Dane is open to a move back to his native country as he feels that he will not be considered as the first-choice in the heart of the defence when everyone is fully fit.
The report claims that the Hoops might be willing to listen to offers for the centre-back if they manage to secure the signature of Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee this summer.
With English Premier League sides Leicester City and Southampton also interested in Sviatchenko, Celtic will reportedly seek to receive a substantially larger offer than the one from Copenhagen.
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Similar to Celtic, Copenhagen are also a team that will be competing in the Champions League this season.
Sviatchenko is currently out of action and receiving treatment in Denmark following a knee ligament injury which he suffered at the beginning of the month.
The defender currently has three years remaining on his contract at Celtic Park.
Football Insider verdict
Sviatchenko is still an important part of the Celtic set-up and in this current climate of the transfer window, £2.7million is nowhere near enough for a player who made over 43 appearances for the first-team last season. Even if the Dane is keen on a move, Celtic cannot afford to offload him right now given the number of defenders currently out of action due to injury, including Sviatchenko himself. The Hoops are going to need a strong squad to once again continue their domestic success and make progress in the Champions League so they need to keep hold of the defender unless they receive a big offer.
In other Celtic news, the odds have been slashed on the Scottish giants signing a West Ham big-money player.