Chris Sutton reacts on Twitter to Celtic's Sviatchenko injury blow

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko

Erik Sviatchenko has not travelled for Celtic's upcoming Champions League qualifier.

Celtic's Erik SviatchenkoCeltic's Erik Sviatchenko

Celtic have been dealt an injury blow by the news Erik Sviatchenko will miss their Champions League qualifier against Astana.

The Dane has been left behind for the trip to Kazakhstan, with The Times reporting he faces three weeks out.

With Kolo Toure only being unveiled yesterday it was too soon for the new signing to make the trip, while Dedyrck Boyata is also out injured.

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has hit out at the injury crisis, labelling it a case of bad planning by the club.


The Times report Celtic must fashion a centre-back pairing out of the three remaining options; Efe Ambrose, Eoghan O'Connell and Mikael Lustig.

Celtic's Efe Ambrose looks dejected at the end of the matchCeltic's Efe Ambrose looks dejected at the end of the match

Eoghan O'Connell scores the first goal for CelticEoghan O'Connell scores the first goal for Celtic

Celtic's Mikael Lustig celebrates scoring their first goalCeltic's Mikael Lustig celebrates scoring 

It is that paucity of options and mixed or untested quality that prompted Sutton to describe a potential win as a great result.

Unfortunately for Celtic this is a game which really matters. While they have a second leg at home, which Toure should be available for, a heavy loss would leave them with too much to do.

The direction of their season depends on qualifying for the Champions League, and Sutton is fair to comment that Celtic should have been better prepared for such a tricky scenario.

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