Sviatchenko at Celtic is no disaster but fans right to bring up concerns

By David Walton

June 16, 2021

The Celtic fans just can’t be split on whether or not the club should re-sign Erik Sviatchenko this summer.

The story made the rounds last night. Big Erik has been linked with a move back to Parkhead as he’s been reported as being one of the potential options for new boss Ange Postecoglou at centre-back this summer [Daily Record].

As we all know, Sviatchenko spent two-and-a-half years contracted to the club between 2016 and 2018. However, after becoming an invincible treble winner, Brendan Rodgers instead dropped him and put more faith in the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic.

Since then, he’s been thriving with Midtjylland and been impressive both domestically and in Europe. He’s already won two Danish titles since his time at Celtic, as well as a Danish Cup success and Champions League exposure.

Sviatchenko has often operated at the back of an attacking 4-3-3 system with Midtjylland. In the 2019/20 campaign, he was nominated as one of the candidates for the Player of the Year award in Denmark too.

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Sviatchenko to Celtic offers some concerns for many supporters

Even despite all of this, Celtic fans are entitled to put forward their major concerns regarding this one. Talk of it being a sign of moving backward is valid. Given the season the club has had, we’re entitled to want more ambition in solving one of our key issues.

For many, this will read as looking to take a cheaper option. Not that that’s a bad thing considering we’ll need to be wise with how we spend our money. But there are valid questions to answer about Sviatchenko’s suitability if he wasn’t wanted three years ago.

Erik Sviatchenko (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Not to mention the fact that Celtic don’t even have a proper scouting system in place as of yet. Fans are entitled to believe that this should be an essential cog to put into place before sanctioning player arrivals.

Regardless, there are still plenty who are all for the deal. Plenty who would like to see what he still has to offer in green-and-white.

Below, we take a look at the reaction to the prospect of Erik making his return. It’s fair to say there are plenty of differing opinions flying around:

In other news, it’s vital Postecoglou is given a free pass ahead of a hugely difficult UCL campaign.