Erik Sviatchenko intends to fight for his Celtic place when he returns from injury, which may be four weeks earlier than first thought.

Defender reveals injury return boost

Defender reveals injury return boost

The Denmark international was linked with moves away from Parkhead this summer with the likes of Leicester City, FC Copenhagen, Besiktas and Fenerbahce reportedly showing an interest.

"I expect to stay at Celtic," he told BT on transfer deadline day. "Here I will remain third choice in the central defence, but it may change when I come back.

"Now it's about getting as strong as possible so I can join in an exciting and busy autumn season with the Champions League and many other important matches.

Sviatchenko, who has been out since Celtic's Champions League third-round qualifying clash against Rosenborg, has announced that there is good news over his knee injury.

In the immediate aftermath of the injury, he was expected to miss three months of action.

But, after speaking to knee specialist DR Andy Williams, Sviatchenko believes he will be ready to play in a month - four weeks ahead of schedule.