ERIK SVIATCHENKO reckons Brondby will be among several European clubs interested in Ronny Deila when he leaves Celtic at the end of the season.
The Danish media have already reported the Norwegian is a potential candidate to take over at the club while former Hoops midfielder Morten Wieghorst has also been mentioned.
Deila is also admired by Dundee United owner Stephen Thompson who is looking to radically change the Tannadice club after their relegation was confirmed on Monday evening in a 2-1 defeat to city rivals Dundee. Central defender Sviatchenko, who was signed by Deila from Danish side Midtjylland for £1.5 million in January, believes the coach will do well if he decides to move to his homeland.
He said: “I could see Ronny being a success at Brondby. It’s a big club. Not compared to Celtic, but it is the biggest in Denmark, fanwise, as well. If that was reality, I think they’d be a good match.
“But I think there will be interest in the manager. To come to a club this size and perform isn’t easy. It’s not just for free that you get victories and trophies.
“It’s something you have to work for and lots of credit must go to the manager for winning. To see him succeed in a new club will be nice.
”I’ve seen no difference in the manager. He’s been really professional and shown his passion when we are out on the training pitches. He shows he still wants it. We do our jobs as we would any normal day.”Sviatchenko stressed he wants to prove himself in the Champions League next season – and then become one of the best defenders in Europe.
The 24-year-old international added: “Performing with Celtic in Europe would be really something I’d be really happy about.
“I’ve tried it with FC Mydjylland, where I showed I could easily play at that level. That’s the next step for me with Celtic, to be challenged in Europe.“I’m composed as a person, know what I want to do and know how to play football. It’s a part of you saying loud that you want to be one of the best defenders in Europe.
“I will try to do my best to be one of the best. That’s what I am so concentrated on all of my things such as nutrition, how I sleep, how I train, how I analyse games.
“It is good to have ambitions and strive for something that is great.”
Whether Ronny heads to Brondby, Dundee United or somewhere else, you get the feeling that he will be a much better manager from his two years in charge of the Scottish Champions where we won the league twice and the League Cup last season, ironically enough against Thompson’s Dundee United.
Delia’s impressive league record at Celtic could be a crucial factor for Thompson as the Tannadice club need to bounce straight back into the top league to avoid financial meltdown.
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