Erik Sviatchenko expresses hopes of move abroad after being inspired by Celtic spell

By Lewis Laird

February 9, 2023

Former Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has admitted he is keen to challenge himself abroad once more after being inspired by his spell at Parkhead.

The 31-year-old played for the Hoops between 2016-2018 after joining the club as one of Ronny Deila’s final signings.

He went on to enjoy a successful spell, picking up two Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish League Cups and a Scottish Cup.

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Sviatchenko was regarded as a somewhat popular figure amongst the support, thanks to his solid performances at the back, contributing to the Invincibles side in the 2016/17 season.

However, in 2018 his time at the club came to an end as he made the loan move back to boyhood club FC Midtjylland, which eventually became permanent.

The Danish international remains there to this day, and fans may remember he had a brief reunion with the Hoops as the two sides faced off in Champions League qualifying last campaign.

As the former Celtic man slowly approaches the latter stages of his career, he will have spent the vast majority of his time at Midtjylland.

Baring his two-year stay at Parkhead, the rest of his playing days have been spent in Denmark at the one club. So he could feasibly finish his career there.

Whilst that is a prospect Sviatchenko would certainly consider, there is part of him that wants to test himself abroad again after being inspired by his spell at Celtic.

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Speaking in a recent interview in his homeland, he admitted that whilst he still loves his current club, there is still part of him that wants to go any play elsewhere in Europe, following his enjoyable days with the Bhoys.

He said [Tipsbladet]: “I think we could start talking about what’s going to happen. I would really like to be at the forefront of things. I’ve never been free in the market ever, nor do I quite know if it’s something I want to do.

“But again, it’s a collaboration between the club and myself. We should kind of sit down and say, what would we like? They know they have a great version of me right now. They have played a lot of minutes and are in a super good version.

“I love coming to work every single day. I love to contribute. I love playing games. I love being able to play the big games that I’ve also shown in Europe. We’re on our way with the team. We are building something new. So, of course, I think they think I’m important there too.”

When asked about staying past his current deal, he continued: “That could easily be a possibility. But on the other hand, I also get up every single day in the morning and say that I would really like to identify as being when I played at Celtic.

“So played abroad. Because I think it was a great experience, and I would like to play at a different address than the Superliga.”

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Sviatchenko has earned the opportunity to play abroad after Celtic spell, and Midtjylland loyalty

Having spent the vast majority of his career at his boyhood club, you would imagine it would be fitting for the defender to finish off his career there.

However, the centre-back clearly still has aspirations of playing elsewhere in Europe after being inspired by his spell at Celtic.

It might not have been the longest stay. However, he was able to test himself in the UEFA Champions League group stages and won several pieces of silverware.

This season, Sviatchenko has continued to showcase that he can play on the European stage after helping Midtjylland reach the Europa League group stages.

In fact, he even managed to score in two of the group games against Lazio and Feyenoord whilst also going up against Celtic loanee Albian Ajeti and Sturm Graz.

So you can imagine all of that put together has fuelled the idea that he would love another crack at a club elsewhere in Europe.

It should be interesting to see if the defender does make a move in the near future. As is the case with most former Celts, supporters will likely have a brief eye on how he gets on wherever he goes.

If he puts in the sorts of efforts we saw at Parkhead, then I am sure he will be absolutely fine wherever he goes. But he might also choose to remain at his boyhood club in the long run.

One thing is for sure, his time at Celtic clearly left a lasting impression, which he has spoken in high praise of in the past.

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