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Sviatchenko wants Celtic to build a golden legacy

By Gavin McCafferty

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko senses they are building towards a special period in the club's history after their Betfred Cup triumph on Sunday.

The Dane helped the Bhoys win their 100th major trophy thanks to a 3-0 victory over Aberdeen at Hampden Park, and he has his sights on adding steadily to that tally.

Celtic were firmly in control against the team that have finished runners-up in the past two seasons and their start under Brendan Rodgers has given them a strong platform to build towards a sixth consecutive Ladbrokes Premiership title.

The champions remain unbeaten domestically and Sviatchenko believes they are on the verge of something special at the club.

"We have the feeling everywhere," the 25-year-old said.

"Everywhere you go people are really buying into the new Celtic. The vibes around us are really, really positive.

"And also the fans deserve a really, really good run now. We have been showing up great, they have been showing great support, so that's a really good mix.

"We have one trophy secured and maybe it's the best trophy to get because it's what starts something really, really well.

"We have been performing so well and it's a good trophy to have.

"It feels great. I clearly remember when I came to Celtic that I said I wanted to be remembered and I wanted to be part of something greater, and to be part of the 100th trophy is good.

"There is still a lot to come from us as a team. Even though we dominate, it's all about wanting to progress and push on to the next level in some way."

Celtic fans are dreaming of their fourth domestic treble and their first since Martin O'Neill's debut season in 2000-01.

But Sviatchenko said: "I'm going to be cautious. This is one out of three. We will always try to do our best because as a footballer you want to win everything.

"If that means three, it means three, if it means two, it means two, if it means one, it means one.

"We will do our best to keep improving because you also want to break records."

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