Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko signs for FC Midtjylland in £1m deal

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko signs for FC Midtjylland in £1m deal

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has made his loan move to FC Midtjylland permanent from Celtic on Sunday.

The 26 year old joined the Scottish champions in January 2016 for around £1.5 million under then manager Ronny Deila and went on to secure two league titles, two League Cups and the Scottish Cup during his time with the club. Making 63 Celtic appearances, scoring twice.

He was loaned back to former side FC Midtjylland at the start of this year, after falling down the pecking order at Parkhead due to injury and the form of Kristoffer Ajer - helping them win the Danish title.

A club statement read: "Everyone at Celtic would like to thank Erik for his contribution to the club's success over the past two-and-a-half years, and we wish him every success in the future with FC Midtjylland."

Following his departure Sviatchenko paid tribute to Celtic via twitter, adding: "I am forever grateful to the club for giving me some of my biggest experiences as a football player.

“Thankful for giving me my first experience abroad. The highs have been amazing and unforgettable.

“I will be able to reflect upon two years with pride and admiration.

“I am an ‘Invincible’ and I did it with some amazing team mates, coaches, staff and the world’s best fans.

“I have won many trophies and have been a member of one of the most iconic clubs.

“A special thanks to former Celtic FC manager Ronny Deila for bringing me to the club and to Brendan Rodgers for helping develop and become a much better player.

“Again thanks to the lads for being world class and having a great changing room.

“Celtic Football Club isn’t just a club it’s a family and one that I’m utterly proud to be a part of and to have contributed to.

“I have given my heart and soul and I’ve felt the same towards me from all of the supporters.

“Not many players will experience a Champions League campaign and I am so proud to be a part of a squad who played against world class players.

“My family and I will always remember Glasgow and Scotland as something fantastic.

“The people are genuine and have always helped us when needed. We are thrilled to have lived in one of our favourite cities, Glasgow.

“Wish you all the best and we might see each other soon again.”