Erik Sviatchenko, the former Celtic defender, could be set for a return to Glasgow after he emerged as a potential target for the Parkhead side this summer.

The FC Midtjylland captain was part of the Invincibles side under Brendan Rodgers in 2017 before he left the club for a return to his homeland.

Since then he has been integral to Midtjylland whom he captained during their first ever Champions League group stage campaign. Ironically, Ange Postecoglou’s side could be paired against the Danes this morning when the Champions League qualification draw is made with Midtjylland in the hat alongside Celtic.

Sviatchenko is also believed to be wanted by an English Premier League side but could yet be part of the rebuild that will take place this summer at Celtic with the player’s experience of the club beneficial as Postecoglou looks to build a team against the ticking of the clock.

Celtic players who are not involved in international football are due to return to the club for the start of pre-season training tomorrow with one eye already on the start of the qualifiers which take place next month.
Sviatchenko, who has a buy-out clause in his Midtjylland deal, is under contract until 2024.


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The player returned returned to FC Midtjylland in a loan deal January 2018 after Dedryck Boyata had emerged to take up a prominent defensive position while Sviatchenko recovered from a knee ligament injury sustained in a Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg.

The switch became permanent that summer when he made the move back to his homeland in a £1m move.

As well as playing his part in the Invincibles campaign in Rodgers’ inaugural season at Celtic, Sviatchenko won two titles, two League Cups and the Scottish Cup. He has been a mainstay in the Midtjylland first team since his return and was involved in a bizarre incident with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard when Rangers and Midtjylland met in the Europa League qualifiers two years ago.

The Ibrox boss had appeared to aim a ‘zip-it’ gesture at the player after Rangers progressed into the tournament at the Danes expense.