Ex-Bhoys misfit Morten Rasmussen shares his advice to Sviatchenko before joining Celtic

Morten Rasmussen urged Erik Sviatchenko to sign for Celtic.

Former Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen has told The Scottish Sun that he gave new Bhoys signing Erik Sviatchenko some advice before making his move.

Celtic swooped to secure their first January signing by landing centre back Sviatchenko from Midtjylland in his native Denmark, with BBC Sport suggesting that the fee is in the region of £1.5m.

Sviatchenko, 24, has been brought in to try and solve Celtic's defensive problems, given that Ronny Deila's men have looked shaky at the back through the season.

The defender is far from Celtic's first player from Denmark, and one former Danish Bhoy has revealed his part in Sviatchenko's move to Celtic Park.

Striker Morten Rasmussen, 30, joined Celtic from Brondby back in January 2010, but scored just three goals in 13 games before loan spells with Mainz, Aalborg and Sivasspor.

Now with Midtjylland, Rasmussen played alongside Sviatchenko as they won the Danish Superliga title last season, and has admitted that he spoke to the defender before his move to Glasgow.

Rasmussen has told The Scottish Sun that Celtic are bringing in a player who can improve even more, and revealed that he advised Sviatchenko to not even think twice about signing for the Bhoys.

"I’ve told Erik that Celtic are a fantastic club and that this is a great opportunity which he shouldn’t think twice about," said Rasmussen. "When Celtic Park is full for a big game there aren’t many places anywhere like it. Celtic are well-known for giving young players their opportunity and this is a big chance for him if it comes off. He’s at a good age now both for Celtic and for his own development and this will give him the chance to step up to the next level," he added.

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