Former Celtic centre-back Erik Svaitchenko would love a quick return to Glasgow with his new side FC Midtjylland.

The Hoops have a chance of playing the Danish champions in the second round of Champions League qualification, and it is a tie that the 26-year-old would relish.

“I’d love to get Celtic!” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“That would be amazing.  There is every chance that we might meet because of the way the draw goes so maybe I will see everyone a little sooner than expected.

“I am sure that would be a great tie for both of us.”

Sviatcheko has returned to the side the Hoops signed him from in 2016, after falling down the pecking order at Parkhead.

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The Bhoys have received £1million for the big centre-back, as reported by the Daily Record.

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It would certainly be an interesting occasion if Sviatchenko returned to Glasgow only a matter of weeks after leaving. He would get a good reception from the support, but attention would quickly turn to the game. The Dane would no doubt be playing with something to prove, after being dumped from the Hoops first-team squad for the first-half of last season, before he returned to Denmark. The Hoops would probably prefer to avoid FC Midtjylland in the Champions League draw, as they have often struggled against Scandinavian sides in the qualifiers, like last season’s tense 1-0 aggregate victory over Rosenborg. Whatever happens in the future, Sviatchenko and the Hoops made the correct decision to part ways, and the move can only benefit both parties: the Hoops get a player off their books, and the player gets more playing time at his new club. The deal really does look like a case of ‘win-win’ all round.

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