Celtic fans are puzzled by the rapid demise of Erik Sviatchenko.
A year ago the defender was mentioned as a potential captain but 2017 has saw him slip dramatically down the pecking order.
When he was suspended for the first match of the year, a Scottish Cup tie with Albion Rovers, no-one could have imagined what lay ahead.
Wats wrong with ERIK SVIATCHENKO? I never seen him put a foot wrong in a celtic jersey, yet it appears he’s for the exit door, they are doing the opposite of the right thing at celtic
— Barry Robb (@BarryRobb1982) December 20, 2017
Apparently he is off in jan. asked to play once more and was advised that won’t happens in case he gets injured. Please note my word “apparently”
— Darren Bonnar (@dazbo88) December 19, 2017
Paper talk about @eriksviat leaving in January? Personally prefer him to Boyata. Would rather he left instead!????
— Stu Rob (@StuuuR) December 17, 2017
@eriksviat must play tomorrow.
— Greg Feeney (@12Feeney) December 19, 2017
Bring back ajer and @eriksviat
— Cammy (@CameronDillon) December 18, 2017
As Dedryck Boyata grew into the side it became a case of Sviatchenko or Jozo Simunovic with the Dane rarely winning that tussle.
When the new season started opportunity knocked when Boyata was out injured but as he limped out of the away tie with Rosenborg few would have guessed that it would be his last appearance as a Celtic player.
Despite regaining his fitness Kristoffer Ajer and Nir Bitton have been picked ahead of the Dane whose two year spell with the hoops looks close to ending despite the club’s problems in central defence.