January signing Erik Sviatchenko has revealed he still isn’t playing at 100 per cent since he signed for Celtic.

The 24-year-old has made 10 appearances in the Hoops jersey since his debut off the bench in the League Cup semi-final defeat to Ross County and has shown fans glimpses of what he’s capable of in defence.

He is, however, expecting more of himself and believes there is still more to come in the future as he adapts to life at Paradise.

Speaking to Danish outlet Bold, Sviatchenko said:

I was thrown into the fire, and I have played nine games in six weeks, but fortunately without any problems.

I am still getting used to the new surroundings. I am that type who wants to have full control of the things I am doing, and I have done well, but there is still room for improvement.

In a way I am at 100 per cent, because I am fresh and in form, but I am saying that I am playing at 80 per cent because I believe I still have a lot more to offer.

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The Danish international signed a four-and-a-half-year deal two months ago and has settled in Glasgow since his debut against Ross County.

Since then Sviatchenko has seen the club become embroiled in a fight for the league title as they chase five-in-a-row and helped them reach the Scottish Cup semi-final.

It hasn’t been the easiest of times at Paradise for the new signing but he, his teammates and the management have stood firm and answered the critics.

Celtic currently hold a four-point lead at the top of the league over Aberdeen with a game in hand after yesterday’s win over Kilmarnock and will be in action again in a fortnight against Hearts at Paradise.

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