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Celtic star named as Danish Superliga player of the year

Erik Sviatchenko has been recognised for his outstanding displays for Midtjylland before moving to Parkhead in January.

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has enjoyed a promising start to life in Scotland and he has now also been honoured in his native Denmark, being named the Danish Superliga player of the year.

The 24-year-old joined the Bhoys from Midtjylland in mid-January after steering the Danish club to their first-ever league titles in 2015 and helping them qualify for the Europa League.

The centre-back was also rewarded for his impressive domestic displays with a first ever cap for his country last year before sealing a move to the Scottish champions in the January transfer window for a fee of around £1.5 million.

Despite leaving his homeland two months ago, Sviatchenko clearly has not been forgotten, with it being announced on Tuesday that he was the recipient of the prestigious honour.

Since joining Celtic, Sviatchenko has been an important addition to Ronny Deila's defensive options in the latter half of the season as the club look to close in on a fifth successive league title.

The 24-year-old has generally proven himself to be a solid and dependable figure at the back in his first 10 matches for the Hoop sin all competitions.

What's more, with Midtjylland he had the experience of holding off challengers to win a league title, something which could yet prove extremely useful for his manager and teammates.

Celtic's win over Kilmarnock at the weekend moved them back four points clear of nearest rivals Aberdeen, although the Dons could close the gap back to just a single point if they win their game in hand.

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