Celtic fans make a very good point about Erik Sviatchenko on Twitter

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic is seen prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Champions Celtic may be praying for a miracle as the prolific Zenit St Petersburg gear up for a daunting Europa League clash.

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic is seen prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brendan Rodgers has not made many mistakes since being appointed Celtic manager in the summer of 2016.

But he could be forgiven for wondering whether he made the wrong call in farming Erik Sviatchenko out to FC Midtjylland on loan during the January transfer window. The Celtic fans certainly believe he did.

The Danish centre-back returned home during the mid-season window and, a month later, Celtic are enduring something of a defensive crisis.

Eric Sviatchenko of Celtic celebrates as Celtic win the Betfred Cup Final between Aberdeen FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on November 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last 32 clash with Zenit St Petersburg, Nir Bitton, Marvin Compper and Dedryck Boyata are injured while Jozo Simunovic, arguably at fault for both goals in the weekend’s 3-2 Scottish Cup win against Partick Thistle, is enduring a dreadful run of form.

Did we mention that no side scored more goals than Zenit in the Europa League group stages?

And while Sviatchenko barely featured under Brendan Rodgers in the first half of the season after tumbling down the pecking order, the decision to let him leave could come back to haunt the Celtic boss as his makeshift back line prepare to take on Zenit’s array of impressive attackers.

Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City (L) and Erik Sviatchenko of Celtic (R) battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at...

Sviatchenko lacks pace and is not short of an error or two.  But Celtic need back-up and the fans would love to call on him right now.

Club needs Erik Sviatchenko back https://t.co/wPSNu2ZkQD

— Jack (@jackmcneilly) February 15, 2018

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