Denmark boss Age Hareide is of the opinion that the pressure of playing at a club of Celtic’s stature will help Erik Sviatchenko to become a better player.

The centre-back has been a vital member of Celtic’s back-four since joining the Scottish champions from FC Midtjylland on a four-and-half-year deal during the January transfer window.

Sviatchenko has thus made 10 appearances in all competitions for Celtic, and his impressive performances in the famous Green and White shirt prompted Hareide to call up the defender for the friendlies against Iceland and Scotland.

The 24-year-old, who was an unused substitute in the 2-1 win over Iceland last week, may feature against Scotland at Hampden later in the day.

And Hareide thinks playing for the “best team in Scotland” will play a key role in upping Sviatchenko’s game.


"He is very pleased to be at Celtic and playing in an atmosphere like that will help his career", Hareide told BBC Scotland.

"He's coming into the best team in Scotland and he will be better for playing in this league.

"I was happy. He is playing in an atmosphere with pressure and Celtic want to be the best. That suits him well."

Sviatchenko, who has progressed through FC Midtjylland’s youth ranks, has four caps and a goal for Denmark to his name.