Celtic ace: We finally ‘released the handbrake’

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko believes the performance against Motherwell last weekend should be the benchmark for future team performances under the next manager.

The 7-0 rout was Ronny Deila’s last match in charge of Celtic and Sviatchenko told the Scottish Sun that the team needs to find a way to perform like that more often:

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“The Motherwell game was one where we released the handbrake and we just fired away. We have to find a way to do it more often. If we can achieve that and play with confidence, the team has shown it will be ready for the challenges we face.”

The Danish international defender arrived from FC Midtjylland in January for £1.5million and has quickly established himself as a first team regular at centre half.

Like many of Ronny Deila’s signings though, he will need to prove himself all over again when a new manager takes the reins at Celtic Park.

Brendan Rodgers is currently the frontrunner for the job after Sky Sports and other news outlets have reported that the Northern Irishman has had talks with the Scottish club.

Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has also been rumoured to have had discussions about replacing Deila.