Former Celtic centre-back Erik Sviatchenko – part of the legendary invincibles of 2016-17 – is today a hero in Denmark, after leading his side FC Midtljylland to the group stages of the Champions League for the first time.

The former Hoops defender captained the team to a 4-1 win over Slavia Prague in the second leg, following a goalless draw in the first leg.

That is a great achievement for a team in Danish football to reach the group stages of the biggest club competition in football. Of course, as we all know, it is a tournament Celtic have failed to get into since 2018.

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Erik Sviatchenko celebrates Midtjylland qualfying for the Champions League

Erik Sviatchenko celebrates Midtjylland qualifying for the Champions League (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

However, this is not about going over Celtic’s failings in Europe, but about praising Sviatchenko, who was a defender who gave it all in his time at Celtic.

He didn’t always feature in the first-team, which was why he departed the club, but when he played he always gave it 100%.

Will always have a part in Celtic’s history

The fact that he was part of the invincibles means that he will always have a large role in Celtic’s history. After all, the chances of another team completing a domestic league season unbeaten would have to be slim and none.

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Sviatchenko was understandably elated following Midtljylland’s win. He took to social media and delivered a one-word verdict on the game – ‘unreal’.

Unsurprisingly, this tweet brought plenty of reactions from Celtic fans on social media. One fan proclaimed Sviatchenko a ‘warrior’. Another fan thought that his success was ‘great to see’.

Erik Sviatchenko in action for FC Midtjylland

Erik Sviatchenko in action for FC Midtjylland (Photo by Jan Christensen / FrontzoneSport via Getty Images)

It is a pity that the Hoops cannot face Midtljylland in the Champions League this season. However, maybe a meeting in the Europa League last 32 is possible.

Would no doubt love a fixture in Glasgow

You can bet that Sviatchenko would love a return trip to Glasgow. The only issue would be the lack of fans in the stadium to give the player the reception he would deserve. That is for the future, for now, it’s congratulations to the player.


Here are some of the best reactions from Celtic fans on Twitter to Sviatchenko’s achievement:

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