Brendan Rodgers is expected to sell Erik Sviatchenko in the January transfer window as he hopes Celtic will complete a £1million deal for Marvin Compper, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun reports that Sviatchenko will leave the club as Compper’s arrival will knock him further down the pecking order.
The defender has only made two appearances for the Hoops this season, and hasn’t featured since returning from injury in November.
Several Championship clubs are monitoring Sviatchenko’s situation and the Bhoys have previously rejected approaches from FC Copenhagen and Besiktas for the defender.
Compper is expected to have crunch talks with Red Bull Leipzig on Monday about moving to Celtic after being impressed by their pitch.
Football Insider Verdict
With the defender hardly featuring this season and clubs interested in his services, it makes sense to let Sviatchenko go in January. The player has not featured in any league games this season, and that has made it clear that he’s not in Rodgers plans. FC Copenhagen had a £2.7million bid rejected for the defender in the summer, so his exit could raise funds for further signings. Rodgers is keen to strengthen his squad for the Europa League and he needs funds to do that. The defender is still contracted to the Hoops until 2020, so others clubs know they will have to pay a respectable fee in order to get him despite him being out-of-favour. Celtic paid £1.5million to sign him in 2016, so anything above that would be a bonus.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers commented on the 4-0 defeat to Hearts.