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'Not down to me' – Enforcer admits Celtic future in doubt in summer

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has provided Hoops supporters with an update on his future whilst on loan at Danish side FC Midtjylland.

The 26-year-old Dane spent most of the season sidelined through a knee injury and struggled to get back into the squad following recovery, before the Scandinavian loan-switch in January.

With his contract up in the summer at Park Head, the enforcer was keen to get minutes under his belt and regular game-time – something which he is now doing at his new club.

Speaking about his future in The Herald, Sviachenko stated that the decision to stay at Celtic did not lie with him, but with Brendan Rodgers, adding he wants to be playing regularly, he said: “The transition has been easy because I lived here for ten years before so it has all gone very smoothly,”

“I also have played since the first minute I arrived at the club. In the last month I have played five games and have also trained very well. I am close to reaching the percentages that I would like to be at but in the next few weeks I will hopefully catch up to that level.

“It is difficult to give a verdict on what will happen in the summer. Much of that is because it is not down to me.

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“I will always be positive and give my best and right now it would be amazing to be part of a Midtjylland side who went on to win the title. That would be amazing.”

Football Insider verdict:

If Rodgers had any plans to keep hold of Sviachenko he would not have let his contract run down to the point where he could leave the club for free in the summer. There could be the possibility that after the length of time on the sidelines Sviachenko spent through a knee injury that the Hoops boss wants to see how he fares in his comeback and may base his decision based on that. However, that seems unlikely and Football Insider fully expects to see the 26-year-old off the books at Parkhead in a summer exit from the club.

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