Sviatchenko at Celtic is no disaster but fans right to bring up concerns
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.
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.
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:
I was a massive fan of Sviatchenko, even at his worst, and reports would suggest he's been a strong player back in Denmark.
But this is a worrying sign for the direction of where we're going with signings.
Just constantly moving backwards are we? https://t.co/kmNZcbj4qz
— Ryan Fitzsimons (@RyanStevenF) June 15, 2021
Unless Sviatchenko has grown two inches and added a yard of pace since the last time he couldn’t get into our team, it’s hard to see how re-signing him makes any sense whatsoever. What a mess we’ve become.
— Paul (@pault1888) June 15, 2021
Sviatchenko linked with us.
This the same guy who ultimately wasn't good enough last time around?
— Highland__Paddy (@Highland__paddy) June 16, 2021
I see we are linked with Erik Sviatchenko. I always liked the man, but was happy to see him sold as he was just too slow. I think we have to recruit better if we are serious about this rebuild HH pic.twitter.com/38RJJmcUsk
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) June 16, 2021
I know he has his faults but Erik Sviatchenko is a Celtic Da soft-spot for me. I’d have him back, so long as we’re looking at additional options at centre-half as well.
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) June 15, 2021
Not sure if there is any truth in the Sviatchenko rumour but signing the best players from Denmark, Sweden etc and especially one who knows the league and the city is a great thing. Potentially a young side next year. His experience would be very welcome.
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— Forrest Finishing (@getitinforrest) June 16, 2021
If we’re looking at Sviatchenko then I’ve got to ask, why did we let Simunovic go free? Neither good enough to start for us but Jozo would’ve been a better backup than the likes of Duffy has been this season.
— Aidan 🇵🇸 (@Aidxn_67) June 15, 2021
Hope sviatchenko returns. Was a mistake by rodgers letting him go. Could be a possible captain aswell. Great player
— Back Ange. Back the Team. Sack the board (@Terryhu33546015) June 15, 2021
A like Big Ange already Sviatchenko is a belter loved the guy. https://t.co/cPXAOiIM1f
— JP 🏴 (@JPbhoy2) June 15, 2021
In other news, it’s vital Postecoglou is given a free pass ahead of a hugely difficult UCL campaign.