ERIK SVIATCHENKO, in an interview with the Danish newspaper BT, has revealed that he is far from happy about falling out of the starting eleven in most games since the turn of the year for six in a row Scottish Champions.

“Since January, I have not figured as much as I had hoped,” Sviatchenko stated.

“It is the first time in my career, I have sat on the bench and not been selected, although in fact I’m fit. 

“It is not optimal and it is a new situation I must deal with.”

 Sviatchenko, who was the subject of an enquiry in the January transfer window from English Champions Leicester City, is resolved to staying at Parkhead for now to fight for his place.

He was given a start last night by Brendan Rodgers who went with a back three against Partick Thistle and looked culpable for the Jags equaliser shortly after Scotty Sinclair had broken the deadlock.

That error will be a further set back for the 25 year old Danish star as he attempts to convince Rodgers that he is a first choice pick for Celtic’s central defence.

 “If he has decided that I am third choice, I will do everything to prove that I must be one of the two in the middle,” Erik said.

“And the thing that strikes me is that I train really well, and I feel in good shape. Right now it’s frustrating.”

News of his frustration is certain to reach Leicester who may well resume their pursuit of the player in the summer.

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