European club captain responds when asked if he will join Celtic this summer
Erik Sviatchenko has told the Evening Times that Celtic remains close to his heart, amid rumours that he could return to the Hoops. It was claimed earlier this month that Sviatchenko was back on Celtic’s radar. Now, Sviatchenko has addressed reports he could leave Midtjylland for Celtic.
Sviatchenko, 29, left Celtic initially in January 2018 on loan before completing a £1m (Sun) exit to Midtjylland. It saw the Denmark international return to a club in which had joined Celtic from. Now, he could make another return – to Celtic, where he has played 63 times.
Celtic need a central defender – among other positions. Shane Duffy has returned to Brighton while Kris Ajer is expected to leave the club with Bundesliga and Premier League clubs keen. Speaking to the GET, Sviatchenko refused to close the door on a return to Celtic this summer.
“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. But it’s not up to me. Celtic know what they would be getting with me
“I know what the club is about.But it’s so difficult to talk about transfer rumours. For now it’s more speculation. I’m the captain of Midtjylland and it’s something really proud of that,” Sviatchenko added. “Then we’ll see what the transfer window will offer.”
Sviatchenko would be a solid Celtic signing
As he says himself, Danish powerhouse Sviatchenko knows what it means to play for Celtic. The Hoops know what they would be getting with the defender and while he was never regularly the first name on the team sheet – he is a good option. Alongside Chris Jullien, he could be the ideal signing.
It depends how much Midtjylland would want for his services. Captain of a side in which he has played played 255 times and score 24 goals, Sviatchenko will cost more than the fee Celtic sold him for. But if the Hoops could get him for around £3million, then it is a deal they need to consider.
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