Some Celtic supporters have been reacting to Erik Sviatchenko’s controversial throwback tweet yesterday.
The former Hoops centre-back, now with Midtjylland in Denmark, sent a tweet that took everyone back to his first goal for the Parkhead club.
Unfortunately, that goal came in one of the most infamous Celtic games of the last decade. Sviatchenko’s maiden Hoops strike came in the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Rangers back in 2016. His header was a huge moment in the game as it canceled out Kenny Miller’s opener, but the contest eventually ended in Celtic losing on penalties.
In any case, that didn’t halt big Erik from tweeting about it. It’s fair to say there was a bit of a mixed reaction to it also:
I'd have you back any day. Massively underrated CB
— George Brammer (@GeorgeBrammer) March 23, 2020
What a header! Let’s not talk about the rest of the game
— Stuart (@scog27) March 23, 2020
— jamietoal (@JamieToal27) March 23, 2020
still more old firm goals than morelos 😜🍀
— Billy-Jullien Lowe (Ginger) (@BillyLowe67) March 23, 2020
Erik I love ye big yin but pls don’t tweet goals from games we lost
— Mick McG (@michaelm_67) March 23, 2020
Tom Rogic blazing the penalty over the bar still gives me nightmares to this day
— Sean 🏴 (@Seany_CFC) March 23, 2020
Still canny believe the game got called off after this and hibs were awarded the cup.
— Jamie 🏴🍀 (@JBoswell67) March 23, 2020
What a goal Erik, pity about the result but what a majestic jump 💚
— Ryan S (@Rryanmccrone) March 23, 2020
Nice goal but it was probably our most embarrassing result in the last 4 years.
— jokeybhoy (@Jokeybhoy) March 23, 2020
Erik deserves his leeway
I’m sure we can all forgive big Erik for this one. You have to take into consideration how big a moment this was for him individually. It was his only goal in one of the biggest derbies if not THE biggest in football.
Considering it was also a high-quality goal and his first out of two for the club, he deserves to remember that moment well. It was a sensational leap, and one of the best headed goals we’ve scored at Hampden in some time.
You could argue it was one of the best things that happened to us also. It led to Ronny Deila leaving and Brendan Rodgers coming in and effectively transforming the club inside out. Regardless of how he left the club, the job Rodgers did here was incredible.
Yet one of the biggest question marks regarding Rodgers’ decision-making was the one to let Sviatchenko go back to Denmark. He was a constant during the invincible season until Dedryck Boyata started being given more opportunities.
In any case, he’s continued to carry a good relationship with the Celtic supporters. To this day, there’s mutual respect and love between the fanbase and big Erik.
It’s just a shame we never got to see more from him during his time here.