New Celtic star Erik Sviatchenko could face a spell out of the national team according to assistant coach of the Denmark national team.
Peter Bonde says that the move to the Scottish giants has the ability to get the best or worst out of the defender.Sviatchenko agreed on a four-and-half year deal with Celtic. There are suggestions that the move may have been motivated by the cash, as he will reportedly earn around £1.5million during the contract period. The player turned down offers from the Italian Serie A in order to join the Scottish club.
Scottish football is going through its worst spell and it has not showed signs of getting better. It is playing catch up with the best leagues in terms of finances. This coupled with Celtic being unable to make any impact in the Champions League is only likely to hurt them in the longer run. Comparatively, the Italian league is better not just in terms of the competitiveness but also in terms of the profile. Joining an Italian club would have given Sviatchenko opportunities to join another bigger club in the near future. Personally, Bonde says that a move to German football would have been better for the former Midtjylland player.
“It’s an exciting change, but I am not sure whether it is the right choice.I would have preferred that he had gone to a place where he had been challenged in some game-related things with the ball.There is no doubt that he will have learned to head and dueling in Celtic, but the national team has of course also been a high priority that we have stoppers that are good with the ball. Erik is excellent with the ball, but he also needs to develop further,” said Bonde in an interview.