“Unless I hear anything else it’s just a rumour”, Sviatchenko coy on links of Celtic return

Erik Sviatchenko refused to be drawn into talk of an emotional return to Celtic Park, insisting that until there is something concrete in the deal, he would be focusing on preparing to play Celtic in The Champions League qualifiers with FC Midtjylland. 

Speaking to Go Radio Football Show, Sviatchenko said that Celtic remained close to his heart but that the conjecture around a sensational return to the club amounted to just rumours. He did, however, refuse to rule out the move.

“I’ve heard those rumours too but it’s difficult for me to say more. When it’s rumours, it’s rumours. Unless I hear anything else it’s just a rumour.

“But I’ve always said Celtic is close to my heart as is Midtjylland. Those are the two clubs that I follow and whatever happens, happens. It’s not up to me.

“You could argue that Celtic know what they would be getting with me and I know what the club is about. But it’s so difficult to talk about transfer rumours. For now it’s just speculation.

“I just have to focus on what is there. I’m the captain of Midtjylland and really proud of that.

“And then we’ll see what the transfer window will offer. I think I’m going to be playing against Celtic in this tie. It will be a great game and one that I’m looking forward to.

“And it will be great to see all the former players and staff. For now I’m just doing everything I can to beat Celtic and get through to the next stage.”

The Danish central defender has been impressing with FC Midtjylland, winning two league titles and one domestic cup since returning from Celtic three years ago. Reports have suggested that Celtic are eyeing a move for the defender, who was an integral part of Brendan Rodgers’ side in 2016/17 that became a proper Invincibles.

The player has three years remaining on his deal in Denmark; however, he has a release clause in his deal meaning that Celtic could swoop and seal an emotional return to Paradise. Big Erik won two leagues, two league cups and one Scottish Cup after making 62 appearances for the club, scoring twice.

Erik would be an excellent acquisition ahead of the new season, he is a player that would improve the team and offers the experience and leadership that we are after. He may not be answer to all of the club’s defensive woes but he would certainly improve the quality of the backline offering a partnership with Jullien and potentially Vuskovic, too. Whilst signing young players like Shaw and his ex-Sheffield Wednesday colleague Urhoghide, the club need to look for some seasoned pros to come in and help Ange hit the ground running.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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