Date: 15th December 2016 at 12:56pm
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Erik Sviatchenko has admitted that he let his standards slip against Hamilton on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old has been one of the most consistent players in the Celtic side this season but seemed all at sea in the closing stages against Hamilton.

There were a few scary moments in the last 15 minutes as the slenderness of Celtic’s advantage was exposed.

Sviatchenko was caught out of position and made some rash decisions but fortunately the hoops made it to the finishing line without losing a goal.

Personally I felt I was guilty of some sloppy passes and there were a lot of things that I felt I needed to improve upon,” he told the Evening Times. “That is what happens when you lose some concentration and I felt that was what happened with me against Hamilton.

The manager talks all the time about being focused and being relentless and this is why – if you keep the same attitude then the standard doesn’t slip.

We have showed that we are capable of winning in way that maybe other times we might have lost points.

Sometimes you have to accept that it is not always going to be as polished as you want it to be. In some ways that is the beauty of football and it is interesting that we can win that way too. We were tired but we were able to dig deep and find that inner fight in us to keep pushing on.”

Sviatchenko will have the chance to put things right on Saturday when Dundee visit Celtic Park with the Taysiders causing problems when the two sides met earlier in the season at Dens Park.

The December schedule is relentless for Celtic but if they maintain their winning form through until the turn of the year they will have built up a 20 point lead with a game in hand still to be played.

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