Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has denied that the announcement of Ronny Deila’s departure from Celtic has had any bearing on the team’s performances.
Speaking to the Daily Mail at the launch of Celtic’s new home kit, the 24 year old says he has seen no difference in Deila’s approach since the Norwegian manager’s decision to leave the Scottish club:
“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’s in it and shows he still wants it.”
“It’s not about him changing, it’s a choice that he made and we all respect that. We’re professional, so we’re doing our jobs as we would any normal day.”
Deila announced he would be leaving Celtic after their defeat to Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
They subsequently drew 1-1 at home in the league against Ross County, but followed that up with a more impressive 3-1 win away at Hearts last weekend, which all but sealed the the Glasgow club’s fifth consecutive league title.
Sviatchenko only joined from FC Midtjylland in January, and may have to prove himself again after the arrival of a new manager in the summer.
The 24 year old has been a regular at centre back since he was bought for £1.5million in the January transfer window.