Sviatchenko fires rallying call


Erik Sviatchenko wants Celtic to tighten their grip on the Premiership title ahead of some crucial games at Parkhead in the next week.

In the first of three successive fixtures at Celtic Park, Leigh Griffiths’ first-half winner in the 1-0 win victory over Hamilton on Tuesday night took the Hoops 11 points clear of Rangers at the top of the table with two games in hand.

Brendan Rodgers’ side, unbeaten in 19 domestic games this season, host Dundee on Saturday before Partick Thistle visit next Tuesday night.

The Denmark defender, while acknowledging that the champions were not at their best against Accies, is hoping to use home advantage to further cement their already-commanding lead.

He told CelticTV: “It is really important. It is about keep moving on and always wanting to progress in some way and this game showed that as well.

“These games occur in a season where it is always a bit tense and even though we always want to perform our best and play great football, some of these games will happen in the season.

“But the boys stood up and won 1-0 and these games are important as well to take with us. Now we have a few home games and it is going to be nice playing at Celtic Park.”