Erik Sviatchenko wishes Celtic luck ahead of Old Firm clash

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.

Celtic take on their bitter rivals looking to extend their advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

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.

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has taken to Twitter to wish Brendan Rodgers' side luck ahead of their trip to Ibrox today for the latest Old Firm derby.

The Hoops go into the clash with the Gers looking to put any talk of a title race in the Scottish Premiership to bed. Graeme Murty's men currently find themselves six points back of the Bhoys having played a game more, so Celtic clinching another win at Ibrox would certainly quash any suggestion that a race is on.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers however, do go into the game with a lot of momentum. The Gers have won their last six in all competitions and appear to be in the best position to potentially secure their first win against their bitter rivals since they were promoted to the top flight in 2016.

More questions are being asked of Celtic currently, with Rodgers' men not looking quite as impressive this season as they did last term when they dominated the domestic competitions and went through the entire campaign unbeaten - they also beat Rangers 5-1 on two occasions.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It seems incredibly unlikely that there will be a scoreline as emphatic as that this time around. Murty has taken charge of two Old Firm games and led the Gers to draws in both, so another cagey affair where one piece of magic could decide the game could be on the cards.

Ahead of the game, Sviatchenko - who left Parkhead in January to join Midtjylland on loan, and was arguably Celtic's best player the last time that they tasted defeat against their bitter rivals - took to social media to urge his parent club to continue their recent success.

Here is what the defender had to say ahead of the derby...

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