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6th Apr, 2017 | 10:57am

Seven starts from 13 games: Celtic regular reveals first-team frustration

By Matt Farr

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has revealed his frustrations at losing his place in the first team.

The 25-year-old has made 38 appearances in all competitions for Celtic this season, but was dropped from the starting eleven for the games against Dundee and Hearts.

He returned to the Celtic line up to play the full 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle on Wednesday, but the Denmark international admitted he was frustrated at his short spell on the sidelines.

Speaking to Danish news outlet BT: “Since January, I have not figured as much as I’d hoped. It is the first time in my career I have sat on the bench and not been selected, although in fact I’m fit.

“It is not ideal and it is a situation I must deal with. If Brendan Rodgers has decided that I am third choice, I will do everything to prove that I must be one of the two in the middle.

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“It is obviously a tiresome situation, especially when I’ve had such a big role until July and then not be as dominant as I’d expected. Right now it’s frustrating.”

Sviatchenko was an ever-present member of Celtic’s first team for much of the first half of the campaign, but he has started just seven of the club’s 13 matches in all competitions since the start of the year.

Celtic chief Brendan Rodgers has since brought Dedryck Boyata back from his first team exile to play a key role in the squad, while Jozo Simunovic has also seen that Sviatchenko sees limited game time.

But his competitiveness is likely to please Rodgers, who will be happy to see his players fighting hard for a key role in his particularly ahead of the summer transfer window.

Sviatchenko moved to Celtic from FC Midtjylland in January 2016 for a reported £1.5million fee, and has won three titles with the club, including back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles.

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