Celtic delivery caps perfect day for Sviatchenko
Celtic 3-1 Hearts
Celtic have yet to hatch their fifth successive Scottish title but Erik Sviatchenko set an example by rushing to his girlfriend's side - in his training gear - as she gave birth to a son on Saturday morning.
Having safely seen baby William into the world, Sviatchenko was then instructed by his girlfriend, Anne Rudmose, to take himself back to the squad in time for the lunchtime kick-off against Hearts.
This was an impressive show of devotion to the cause, all the more so because Anne is also a professional footballer and signed for Celtic's women team in February. "I had our child while wearing my Celtic clothes, so I will always remember that," said Sviatchenko. "It couldn't be better to win as well. I got a call at six in the morning from Anne and she said, 'It's now and are you ready to come?' I arranged a taxi, got some breakfast and then rushed to the hospital and everything was fine. John, the taxi driver, was a big Celtic fan and we got there for just after seven. At 7.53am William was born and both of them are well. The first thing Anna said after William was born was, 'You are going to play, right?', and I said, 'Of course I'm going to play', and I left."
Hearts took an early lead through Jamie Walker, but Celtic responded with teenage loanee from Manchester City Patrick Roberts grabbing two goals after Gary Mackay-Steven had levelled. (© Daily Telegraph, London)