Recently departed Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has spoken of when he knew that his time at the club was up.
The 26-year-old recently rejoined FC Midtjylland is a deal which the Daily Record reports is worth £1million.
The Danish stopped claims that when he suffered a knee ligament injury that he knew that his time at the club was all but over.
“When I tore the ligaments in my knee, I knew that the writing was on the wall. There was no way back in for me after that. But I do not look back and feel angry. This is football” he said, as quoted by the Herald.
He also believes that Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers would have liked him to have been more assertive in his defending.
“I think ultimately it came down to a lot of small things. I think he would have liked me to be more of a leader in games. It is just football.”
Sviatchenko only made two appearances for the Hoops last season, both of which were in the Champions League qualifiers at the start of the season.
Football Insider verdict
There was nothing really that Sviatchenko could do to persuade Brendan Rodgers that he deserved to become a first-team regular for the Hoops. Not only did his injury all but end his time with the Bhoys, but the emergence of Kristoffer Ajer and the signing of Jack Hendry didn’t help his cause. It does seem odd that with the Hoops so poor at the back at times, that the Dane was rarely given a chance. But you can’t argue with the results, as the Bhoys have continued to dominate at the domestic level of the game. As for Sviatchenko, he has the chance to resurrect his career in his homeland. He already helped FC Midtjylland to win the Danish title, and there could be a chance of an unexpected early reunion in the Champions league qualifiers. It was best for all concerned that he left the club, and he will go down in history as a member of the Hoops ‘invincibles’.
In other Celtic news, fans seem upset that Svitachenko has left the club