Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has admitted that he wants to play in a bigger league and will “see if any clubs are interested” for the player who regards himself as a Champions League level footballer.

Brendan Rodgers decided to ship the Danish international out of Parkhead to FC Midtjylland in the January transfer window much to the dismay of Hoops supporters who have been clamouring for his return.

The 26-year-old is under contract to the Scottish champions until 2020 and is set to return to Glasgow once his loan move expires at the end of June.

But as quoted in the Scottish Sun, the defender said: “I am still a very ambitious player. I believe I am good enough to play at Champions League level and to play for Denmark again.

“I want to play in a bigger league.

“I am 26 and I think I have a reasonable name in Europe. I have played lots of big matches and in international games.

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“I think I have a good CV so let’s see if any clubs are interested in me.”

Football Insider verdict:

Brendan Rodgers clearly favours Dedryk Boyata at the heart of defence, even though fans would rather see Sviatchenko in his place following a number of iffy displays from the Belgian. Prior to his move to his homeland in January, Sviatchenko had made just two appearances for Celtic in the current campaign. But, as the 26-year-old openly admitted, he is ambitious and wants to play at the highest of levels which means if the Hoops manager cannot offer him an opportunity to play regular first-team football then we reckon the defender will cut short his spell at the club in order to seek pastures new. At his loan club, he has helped Midtjylland to stay in the running for the Danish Superligaen title after scoring one goal in 14 outings for the side. We can see there will be no shortage of offers for the Dane whose comments we reckon would signal a summer exit.

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