Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has yet to make his mind up on his future.
The Hoops right-back is out of contract in the summer. Added to that, he’s been linked with a return back to Sweden to join AIK Stockholm.
Lustig had previously revealed that his future would be sorted before the end of the season. But, with no news of this summer’s developments, the Sweden international still has his future up in the air.
Speaking in the Sunday Mail (Sunday April 14th, page 73) AIK sports director Bjorn Wesstrom confirmed that Lustig has yet to commit to the Parkhead or Stockholm outfit.
“We have spoken to Mikael but are not close to an agreement yet. He needs to decide first if he wants to stay at Celtic.
“He wants to concentrate on ending the season with Celtic as strongly as possible. When Mikael indicates to us about what he has decided to do about his future, we will take the next step.
“We are not in the next phase yet.”
Does this mean no decision will be made until the summer?
This is a saga that Celtic could do with sorting out before a new permanent manager is appointed. You would hope that Lustig’s future would be wrapped up before the end of the campaign. At the moment, however, that’s not looking likely.
He’s currently back as first-choice at right-back these days too. Jeremy Toljan arrived in January on-loan from Borussia Dortmund, but has failed to convince. That’s allowed the Swedish star to regain his place, and throw his future back up in the air once again.
Right-back is an area Celtic will need to upgrade in, regardless of whether Lustig stays or goes. If he joins Stockholm, it could mean that he gets more game-time than he would if he stayed at Parkhead.
Then again, Lennon has a strong affection for Lustig. His return has coincided with the renaissance of the Swede, who played 90 minutes in today’s 3-0 mauling of Aberdeen at Hampden.
Lustig is just one piece of many that need put into place before the end of the season. Hopefully, a decision can be reached before the campaign’s end.