CELTIC this evening completed the signing of Erik Sviatchenko has joined the Scottish Champions on a four-and-a-half year deal from FC Midtjylland.
Erik Sviatchenko has won four caps for Denmark, scoring one memorable goal against France last October.
And the 24-year-old central defender also played an important role in the FC Midtjylland side that has qualified for the last 32 of this season’s UEFA Europa League. FC Midtjylland will play Manchester United next month.
Rather than sample the atmosphere of a huge tie against Manchester United – who won away at Liverpool today – Erik has instead agreed to sign for Ronny Deila’s Celtic side as they bid for a domestic Treble. However Sviatchenko’s January capture for a fee of £2m is indicative of Celtic’s desire to avoid the defensive lapses that put paid to Celtic’s chances in both the Champions League qualifiers and the Europa League this season.
Speaking exclusively to Celtic’s website , Erik couldn’t hid his delight saying: “I am so happy to join Celtic, such a fantastic club and such a huge name in football. This is a club with a wonderful pedigree and a massive support.
“I will do everything I can to bring success to Celtic. It means so much to me to join a winning club, to join a club that goes for and wins trophies and wants to play in the Champions League.
“I have had a taste of winning with Midtjylland and I want more of this feeling at Celtic. When you play football, you want to be remembered for winning and I want to be remembered as a winner with Celtic.
“I know we have a squad of really talented players and I can’t wait to get started, team up with them and get to work.”
With just over 20 games to go before Celtic have to face Champions League qualifiers – assuming 5 in a Row is won – Sviatchenko has time to find his feet at the club and be ready for these vital matches.
Well done Ronny Deila on getting your man.