Erik Sviatchenko delivers verdict on Celtic Park return; contact with Kristoffer Ajer

By Hamish Carton

June 18, 2021

Former Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has been speaking about his imminent return to Celtic Park.

The Dane was linked with a transfer move back to Scotland on Tuesday (Daily Record) and then his Midtjylland side were paired with Ange Postecoglou’s men in Wednesday’s Champions League draw.

So barring injury Sviatchenko will be on a flight to Scotland sometime in the next six weeks.

And the 2016/2017 ‘Invincible’ is looking forward to his return.

Erik Sviatchenko in his Celtic days (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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“It will be an exciting challenge for everyone in and around FC , and of course, it will be extra special for me”, he said as reported by the Daily Record.

“I have great feelings for Celtic. I had a really good time in Glasgow.

“The years in Scotland were rewarding and educational. It was my first stay abroad and it gave me good experiences.

“I am still in a Snapchat group with Celtic players like Kristoffer Ajer.

“I had to learn to play for a big European club and on a winning team, where the expectation was that we should win every single match in the league – and that it had to happen in a specific way, where the game appeals to the 60,000 passionate fans in the stands.

“The pressure at Celtic is enormous.”

Sviatchenko’s side won’t be overawed against Celtic

Sviatchenko is Midtjylland’s captain and scored in their last game of the Superliga season – a 4-0 success over Aarhus.

That win wasn’t enough for FCM as they lost out on the title by a point to Brondby.

Sviatchenko played 28 of his side’s 32 league matches last season, and also featured in nine Champions League encounters.

Sviatchenko in action for Midtjylland / (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

The fact Midtjylland have played in the Champions League group stage more recently than ourselves is a factor that we shouldn’t overlook ahead of the tie.

This isn’t a side who will be overawed coming to Glasgow to face a club the size of Celtic. Far from it.

It’s going to be a stiff, early examination of Ange Postecoglou’s credentials.

In other news, Celtic have signed a record-breaking young English forward who follows in the footsteps of Gary Hooper