Erik Sviatchenko admits he finds himself agreeing with his manager at Celtic, Brendan Rodgers, that Barcelona are the best side in world football at present, but he is relishing the chance to stop their strike force.

Celtic have been drawn in the same Champions League group as the Catalan giants, who boast the renowned Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez forward line, dubbed MSN.

Rodgers believes that Barcelona are the best side in world football, giving Celtic a huge task in competing, and Sviatchenko agrees with the Northern Irishman.

However, he is looking forward to trying to stop Messi, Neymar and Suarez, considering it the ultimate test.

Asked by Celtic TV whether he agrees with Rodgers' assessment of Barcelona, Sviatchenko said: "I might agree with that.


"They are a really good team and especially with the trio up front, the MSN trio.

"Hopefully we can do some good damage so that they won't be scoring too many goals against us.

"It will be [a big test for me to go up against them]. It is something that you as a little kid always dreamed about, playing against the best players in the world.

"Now you have that chance it's just about grabbing that chance and showing that you are ready for it", the Denmark international added.

This season will represent Sviatchenko's first Champions League campaign with Celtic and the centre-back has been handed a tough task from the off.

Also in Celtic's group are Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City, meaning the Scottish champions start as favourites to finish bottom of the pile.