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Bhoys defender buzzing for Old Firm away day


Erik Sviatchenko

Erik Sviatchenko

Erik Sviatchenko

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko is looking forward to the hostile atmosphere in his first visit to Ibrox.

The Dane has played against the Light Blues at Hampden Park and Celtic Park but will make his debut at the Govan ground as the Hoops look to go 19 points clear of their Old Firm rivals at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership, with a game in hand.

The 25-year-old has experienced derby rivalry before in his homeland and revealed that after he moved from being a youth player at his home-town team Viborg to play for rivals FC Midtjylland, there was an unusual reaction.

"Sometimes there were bananas thrown at my family and things like that. It can be a bit hostile some times," he said.

And Sviatchenko is confident he will thrive in the environs of an Old Firm game at Ibrox, where three of the four stands will be home fans.

He said: "It is my first time at Ibrox and I heard the atmosphere there can be a bit tense so I am looking forward to it.

"I will be fine with that. In my Denmark time in derbies where you are getting shouted at and things like that, it only makes you stronger and want to give your very best."

Celtic have beaten Rangers 5-1 in the Premiership and 1-0 in the Betfred Cup semi-final this season and Sviatchenko believes the Hoops could be stretching further away from their rivals.

He said: "We have been even better since that (cup) game.

"So if you take that into account it might be that the gap is bigger."