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.
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.
Sviatchenko was understandably elated following Midtljylland’s win. He took to social media and delivered a one-word verdict on the game – ‘unreal’.
Unreal 🔥😍 https://t.co/NEAmRcNpuW
— Erik Sviatchenko (@eriksviat) October 1, 2020
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’.
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:
— Ciarán Hynes (@Ciaran_14) October 1, 2020
Awesome big man 🍀🍀
— lambo_no5 (@lambo_no5) October 1, 2020
Congratulations Erik, great to see you doing so well!
— Rory Mc (@rorymc777) October 1, 2020
Well done Erik. Top man. HH 🍀
— smcv 🏴 (@smcv1) October 1, 2020
Get back to Celtic Erik. Don’t ever know why Celtic let you go. An absolute warrior.
— Naweed Sadiq (@Suave_Nav) October 1, 2020
Well done Erik, great achievement for you and your club 👍
— CMac (@CMackie659) October 1, 2020
Well done erik,hail hail.
— burnsybhoy🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@bomber77oy77) October 1, 2020