ERIK SVIATCHCENKO admitted the appointment of Brendan Rodgers has turned things upside down at Celtic.
The Dane arrived at Parkhead when he was bought by ex-boss Ronny Deila for £1.5million in the January transfer window.
Sviatchenko made his debut as a 14th minute substitute for the red-carded Efe Ambrose as Ross County shocked the Hoops 3-1 in last season’s League Cup semi-final.
He is back at the national stadium today to face Aberdeen in the Final of the same competition – and he is determined to banish the horrors of Hampden last time out.
The centre-half said: “It is two worlds, to be honest. It was embarrassing that day especially in my first game. I knew the expectations were huge, so it was a massive disappointment.
“But it’s like night and day from then to our current situation. I can’t even remember what happened back then because there have been so many great things since.“One thing is how we play, but also socially – people are really helping each other off the pitch.
“They are getting close and that is a really important thing the manager did when he came in.
“He combined everything, brought everyone together and people now want to do the best for each other. The positivity in the squad shines from everyone.
“And it is led by the manager. He is always up for a laugh. He is a person you can talk to and that is important especially when we have young players around.
“But if you work hard under the manager he gives you respect, as well.”
The 25-year-old international added: “It’s the way we play. Last season, we could lose a game and struggle after 70 minutes.
“We are less vulnerable now. We know our shape, fitnesswise we are good. We can bomb on for 90 minutes and opponents tire after 70-75 minutes sometimes.“That’s where we need to be the best team. I have always liked defending and being brave.
“And the current stats for clean sheets are nice. It’s having confidence going into a game, knowing that you are so difficult to beat because you are so hard to score goals against.
“And knowing we will probably win because we score goals at the other end.”