Erik Sviatchenko was a treble winner with Celtic in the ‘invincibles’ season of 2016-17. However, he departed the club on loan in January 2018 to join FC Midtjylland, and made the move a permanent one in May 2018.
Despite the success he had at Celtic, it seems that the player isn’t that happy with the nature of his exit from the club.
In an interview with DR in Denmark, he claims to be ‘frustrated’ with the nature of his exit from Celtic Park.
“It ended so quickly”
“Just as amazing as the Celtic era was, just as annoying it was that it ended so quickly. I was disappointed and frustrated that I couldn’t control the process” he said, as reported by DR.
It is perhaps understandable that a player is often annoyed when he leaves a club. Sviatchenko was a popular figure at Celtic, who was a favourite amongst the fans.
However, it should be remembered that in his last season with Celtic, Sviatchenko was no longer a first-choice pick at the club.
Was out of favour in last season with club
He had made only two apperances even before he suffered a knee injury that kept him out of action for a few months. When he was once again fit, he didn’t play for Celtic.
It does sound like he wanted to stay and fight for his place in the Celtic team. However, the chances of Sviatchenko featuring for the Hoops before he returned to Denmark were slim.
That is why it was the right move for the player to leave the club when he did. Since returning to Denmark he has won a league title, so the move has worked out for Sviatchenko.
It in a way it is a good thing that the player wanted to stay longer at Celtic, as it proved that he enjoyed his time at the club. However, both sides have now moved on, and that was the best decision for all.