By Alex Stevens
Celtic are poised for late deadline day drama amid doubts over the future of key centre-back Erik Sviatchenko, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the runaway Scottish Premiership leaders will hold talks with the defender’s agent amid growing interest from Premier League clubs.
It is said that the Danish defender’s agent Allan Bak Jensen has flown into Glasgow to meet with Parkhead chief executive Peter Lawwell.
The Scottish Sun claim Leicester are closely monitoring Sviatchenko and Celtic could cash in on the 25-year-old if a significant bid is tabled.
It has been reported that the 25-year-old is on a three-man centre-back shortlist as Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri looks to provide competition for Robert Huth and Wes Morgan.
Sviatchenko has had an impressive season for Brendan Rodgers’ side, and is now considered the Bhoys’ first-choice defender.
He has been a virtual ever-present this season, starting 16 of the team’s 22 Scottish Premiership matches and eight of their 10 Champions League ties.
The former FC Midtjylland defender move to Celtic last January for £1.5million and has struck up a fine partnership at the back with Jozo Simunovic.
Football Insider verdict:
Rodgers must do all he can to keep the Danish ace in Glasgow as Celtic’s centre-back replacements are a considerable step down. Kolo Toure is way past his best and is only a stop-gap, Mikael Lustig is better at right-back, while Efe Ambrose and Dedryck Boyata have struggled for game time this season. Selling Sviatchenko this month would mean the Hoops will lose an integral member of their squad with little time to bring a viable replacement in. The club must fend off interest in the great Dane until at least the summer
In other Celtic transfer news, Kris Boyd believes the Hoops are powerless in keeping this ace at the club.