Former Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko looks set to make a switch to Turkish football, if reports are to be believed. Turkish outlet Aksam report that the Dane is set to move from Midtjylland to Trabzonspor in a £2million move.
Sviatchenko moved back to Midtjylland last summer after spending the second-half of the 2017/2018 season there on loan. He played 63 times for Celtic over three seasons, netting two goals.
A missed opportunity
Given our current lack of options at the back, it is easy to look back at Sviatchenko as a missed opportunity. The 27-year-old was one of the bright sparks from the closing stages of Ronny Deila’s reign. His form continued into the Brendan Rodgers era too. Sviatchenko featured in all of Celtic’s Champions League fixtures during Rodgers’ first season.
In total, he made 43 appearances during the ‘Invincible season’ before making only two the following season. Something clearly happened in the summer of 2017 that ended Sviatchenko’s hopes as a Celtic player.
It’s a shame too. He was really liked by the fans due to his never say die attitude and the fact he left everything out on the pitch. Sviatchenko looks back on his Celtic career with pride but the club may have some regrets.