Former Celtic defender Erik Svitachenko seems to be doing well for himself in Denmark since leaving the Hoops.

As reported by the Daily Record, the FC Midtjylland centre-back is one of four nominations for Denmark’s player of the year.

Sviatachenko deserves credit for that. He has obviously worked hard since leaving the Hoops, and he has won both a league and cup since leaving Celtic, so the move has worked out well for the player.

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Erik Sviatchenko in action for FC Midtjylland

Erik Sviatchenko in action for FC Midtjylland (Photo by Jan Christensen / FrontzoneSport via Getty Images)

Indeed, perhaps Sviatchenko is better player now than he was when he left Celtic, at first on loan, in 2018.

However, the Hoops made the right decision in electing to sell the player, no matter how well he has performed in Denmark.

No longer a regular at time of departure

Sviatchenko was no longer a first-team regular for Celtic when he and the club decided to part ways.

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In his last half-season with the club, before he moved backed to Denmark, he made only two appearances for the Hoops.


A knee injury was partly to blame for that, but the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic were ahead of the player in the pecking order.

Erik Sviatchenko in his Celtic days

Erik Sviatchenko in his Celtic days (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Therefore, it made sense for Celtic and Sviatchenko to part ways. As has already been said, the move seems to have worked out for both parties.

Move has worked for both parties

Sviatchenko and Celtic both seem to have gone from strength to strength. Celtic have continued to win trophies, whilst the player has been nominated for an award he was never going to win whilst in Scotland.

Sviatchenko did well enough for the Hoops, but didn’t stand out enough to ever be nominated for player of the year during his time with Celtic.

However, he is now doing well in Denmark, and credit for that has to be given to the player.

Sviatchenko’s last full season with the Hoops was the invincible treble of 2016-17, and for the part he played in that season – he made 43 appearances, he will be fondly remembered by the Celtic support.


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