Celtic defender reveals why he joined the Hoops

Celtic centre back Erik Sviatchenko is hoping the Scottish club can qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Danish international only joined from FC Midtjylland in January for £1.5million, and was not part of Ronny Deila’s two previous Champions League qualification campaigns, when they failed to get to the group stages, but the 24 year old says that he will do anything to help the next manager of Celtic succeed, telling the BBC:

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“I want to play in the Champions League, that’s why I came here. We have one goal, to get through and we will do everything we can to flourish.”

Celtic lost to Malmo 4-3 on aggregate this season, and had two opportunities in the 2014 qualification campaign after Legia Warsaw were chucked out of the competition after fielding an ineligible player despite beating Celtic.

The Bhoys still did not qualify after losing in the next round against Slovenian side Maribor.

Sviatchenko says he would like to meet Danish team mate Kasper Schmeichel in the group stages.

Schmeichel’s team Leicester City will be one of top seeds after winning the Premier League.

“Leicester has done great in the Premier League and done something that people wouldn’t imagine they could do. Kasper Schmeichel will be staying there now and playing the Champions League. I congratulated him, I texted him, and he’s a happy guy.”