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Sviatchenko passes up Red Devil clash


Erik Sviatchenko passed up a Europa League clash against Manchester United with Danish side FC Midtjylland because he hopes he will one day face the Red Devils in the Champions League now he has joined Celtic.

The 24-year Denmark defender has signed for the Hoops on a four-and-a-half year deal for a reported fee of £1.5million.

Sviatchenko  helped FC Midtjylland reach the last 32 of the Europa League, where they will play United next month but opted to move to Glasgow in the January transfer window.

When meeting the media at Celtic's Lennoxtown training complex, he took a longer-term view.

"I am 24 and I have to have a career that is beyond two games against United," he said. "I think we can face them in the Champions League in the future.

"I can see Celtic progressing to the place they belong, that is the Champions League. Their history is big, they have won the trophy.

"I don't say that we can do that again but I think we can be part of it every year but first and foremost we have to win the league.

"It's a winning club, they have been champions for the last four years. I won the championship in Denmark, I want to be remembered for winning. So it is a good match with Celtic."

Sviatchenko claimed to have rejected moves to Italy, France and England to join the Hoops.

"I rejected it because I saw Celtic as a bigger club than some of the Premier League clubs," he said.