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Sviatchenko trades Euro clash for Bhoys deal

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 18/01/2016

New Bhoy: Erik Sviatchenko has signed for Celtic
New Bhoy: Erik Sviatchenko has signed for Celtic

Celtic have confirmed the signing of Denmark defender Erik Sviatchenko on a four-and-a-half year deal from FC Midtjylland. Sviatchenko was part of the Midtjylland team which qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League, in which they have drawn Manchester United in the next round.

However, the 24-year-old feels the time is right for him to move on, with Ronny Deila's squad still hunting for three domestic trophies.

"I am so happy to join Celtic, such a fantastic club and such a huge name in football," he said.

"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."

Deila has, meanwhile, claimed that Leigh Griffiths can go on to emulate Henrik Larsson in the Celtic scoring stakes.

The 25-year-old striker broke through the 50 goal barrier in club-record time with a double blast in Friday night's 4-1 victory over Dundee United - his 60th start for the Hoops - as he became just the eighth player to hit the half-century in under 100 appearances since Charlie Nicholas in 1982.

Henrik Larsson, John Hartson, Brian McClair, Andy Walker, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Gary Hooper and Scott McDonald did likewise and, comparing Griffith's feat to his predecessors, Deila said: "He has a five year deal so if he keeps scoring like this he has a good chance to be a legend.

"When you say those names and that he's scored more goals in the same period it says that he has a big opportunity to put a big mark in Celtic history."

• Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was delighted by his side's character after they came back from a goal down with 10 men to win 3-2 at Ross County.

McInnes said: "I thought we played a lot of good stuff - our initial start to the game was excellent, it was one-way traffic. The response was excellent from the players to go 2-1 up - it gave us something to hold on to."

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