Ahead of what projects to be a gruelling run of games over the next six to seven weeks, Celtic have been handed a major injury boost.
After spending the last three months on the sidelines, centre-back Erik Sviatchenko is finally set for a return to action for Celtic, declaring himself fit and healthy.
In a Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg, Sviatchenko suffered a knee ligament injury which has kept him out of action which has forced Brendan Rodgers to use Nir Bitton as a makeshift centre-back at times in his absence.
Speaking to Celtic TV, as quoted by the Evening Times, Sviatchenko says how the international break has helped him in his efforts to return to match fitness.
I think we are aiming to get me fully fit for games as soon as possible. The international break was convenient because it let me get good sessions and then a bit of rest and keep on looking to the next game.
The 26-year-old centre-back was forced to miss Denmark’s World Cup play-off tie with the Republic of Ireland but he hopes to return to play in Celtic’s final two Champions League group games and help them qualify for the Europa League last 32.
Those two games are critical. We have put ourselves in a good position but the job isn’t fully done yet and those two games are going to be decisive. I really hope I can play a part in them.
I played all six games last season [in the Champions League] which was an amazing experience so I hope I can play in those.