Report: Celtic keen on Erik Sviatchenko with buyout clause in his contract
Celtic are keen on bringing back Erik Sviatchenko, according the Daily Record.
The report claims that the experienced centre-back, currently with FC Midtjylland, is on a list of potential centre-back options for the Hoops.
The Record state that Sviatchenko has a buy-out clause in his contract despite being tied to Midtjylland for the next three years. It’s also been claimed that there’s been Premier League interest in the past too.
Sviatchenko enjoyed a successful two years at Celtic during which he won two league titles and became an invincible treble winner. However, he would soon be discarded by Brendan Rodgers, and after a loan spell with Midtjylland in 2018, he would join permanently later that summer.
In the past, the big Danish international has consistently talked up his love of Celtic. Whether it be commenting on club matters or responding to fans on Twitter, he’s always been well-liked by the Hoops support [The Scotsman].
Celtic can do worse than Erik Sviatchenko, but they could also do better
Sviatchenko was extremely impressive during his Celtic days. He had decent pace on him and was extremely aggressive and powerful in the air despite not generally being gifted with height.
Supporters will likely be against a move despite that connection we have with him however. Firstly, it represents a step-back. Returning to former clubs is rarely seen as a step forward for the football club. Not unless you were bringing back a player who went on to become a household name.
Secondly, there will be fears that Sviatchenko hasn’t improved enough since he left. That this is a panic signing that would make no sense considering we don’t even have a scouting team in place.
However, the Danish defender has had a fine season back in his homeland. He’s competed strongly in the Champions League and captained his side to draws against Ajax and Liverpool respectively. He’s still playing on a weekly basis in a decent competition. If he hadn’t already have played for Celtic, I think the reaction to this would be a lot different.
But the club hasn’t bought themselves the credit to be trusted by their supporters. They haven’t earned that right, and given how we’ve operated over the last year, they’ve made themselves an easy target. So they can expect a certain level of fan anger with many potential transfer targets.
As for Sviatchenko, we’ll see what happens. But if Postecoglou wants him in the door, we need to back the manager’s decision.