Erik Sviatchenko looking forward to playing alongside Celtic teammate Jozo Simunovic for first time

General view inside Celtic Park

The defenders are yet to play alongside each other for the Scottish Premiership side.

Erik Sviatchenko celebrates after scoring the first goal for Celtic

Erik Sviatchenko has admitted that he is looking forward to playing alongside Jozo Simunovic for the first time next season, and insisted that the pair can form a very strong partnership at the heart of the side's defence, the Evening Times reports.

The 21-year-old spent much of the first half of this past campaign as a regular in the Hoops' squad, but picked up a knee injury in January that ended his season and has left him battling to be ready for the Champions League qualifiers later this summer.

Celtic's Jozo Simunovic in action

And with Sviatchenko making his debut following his January move the weekend after what proved to be the Croatian's final appearance of the campaign, the Dane expressed his disappointment that the two are still yet to line up alongside each other as their partnership could be an excellent one. 

"It is disappointing for me that I have not has the chance to play alongside him yet since I came to the club," he told the Evening Times. "But I think that together we could form a very strong defence.

"Obviously we have a lot of very talented players at the club and some very good defenders. But Jozo is a young player who is very strong on the ball, very comfortable and I do hope that at the start of the season we are able to work together."

Celtic's Jozo Simunovic celebrates scoring their second goal

Since arriving at Parkhead, the 24-year-old has arguably been one of the most consistent players in the squad and has formed a solid understanding, it seems, with Charlie Mulgrew.

In his first 10 appearances for the club in all competitions, Celtic conceded just three goals, which helped them on their way to their fifth Scottish Premiership title in a row. 

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko

But with Brendan Rodgers taking over from Ronny Deila, Sviatchenko will have to prove himself all over again, and then hope that Simunovic also impresses the new manager if he hopes for the pair to cement themselves as the Bhoys' first choices for the new campaign. 

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