Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has revealed that he still doesn’t know why Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers decided to drop him from the first-team squad.
The 26-year-old ended up so far out of the first-team picture that he eventually returned to Denmark and joined FC Midtjylland for the rest of the season.
The Dane claimed that he was surprised to be nowhere near the first-team as the Hoops had done well when he was in the side last season.
“I could have been on the bench at Celtic, but I didn’t want to do that, I wanted to play. That’s why Midtjylland was the best choice,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I have never received or asked for an explanation about what happened to me at Celtic. I can only say that I played the first year under Brendan Rodgers, where we won virtually everything.
“But after an injury and a mistake that cost a goal, he dropped me. It surprised me.”
The Danish international helped the Hoops clinch the domestic treble last season, but the emergence of the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Jack Hendry at the club it seems like his days are numbered.
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Sviatchenko has revealed a ruthless side to the Hoops manager, who often lets players stay in the team after they have made mistakes – Dedryck Boyata for example. But the way Sviatchenko was just discarded from the first-team squad completely shows that the Hoops boss must have been furious with the Dane’s performances, as the likes of Jozo Simunovic and Scott Sinclair have returned to the first-team after being dropped. Sviatchenko hasn’t been a bad player exactly for the Hoops, but after these comments it looks at if his time in Glasgow is coming to an end, and the Hoops will be making plans to sell him in the summer.
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