Celtic should let Mikael Lustig go to Malmo unchallenged

By David Walton

February 17, 2019

Mikael Lustig has apparently been offered a pre-contract by Swedish outfit Malmo, according to Fotboll Direkt.

If the report is true, there shouldn’t be any form of rival offer from the Hoops in a bid to keep their right-back.

Malmo have yet to start their season domestically. After being defeated 2-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League on Thursday night, they’ve subsequently directed their attention to rebuilding their squad. Lustig, seemingly, is a part of that rebuild vision.

Malmo are reportedly interested in Mikael Lustig (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic’s Swedish right-back is out of contract at the end of the season. No offer should subsequently be put on the table by the Parkhead outfit to try and tempt him.

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The truth is that Lustig should be finished at Celtic this summer. He doesn’t have the skillset anymore to be a valuable member of Brendan Rodgers’ squad.

He’s gotten far too slow, is too weak defensively, and consistently gives the ball away under pressure. He consequently simply can’t play the way Rodgers wants him to.

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The arrival of Jeremy Toljan in January is testament to the fact Lustig isn’t reliable enough. The Borussia Dortmund man would’ve been nowhere near Parkhead had Lustig been trustworthy to do a job.

Celtic, in truth, should be pleased with this reported offer if true. It means that Lustig now has a confirmed future in football, and he can leave the club on good terms.

Lustig (left) has had a successful seven years at Parkhead (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Going back to Sweden is likely the best option for him now. At any decent level in Europe, Lustig would be totally exploited for his deficiencies. Keeping him on wouldn’t do us any favours if we’re serious about competing in Europe.

Lustig has spoken in the past about how he wants to stay at the club. The big defender has had a trophy-laden seven years in Glasgow, and subsequently doesn’t seem to want it to end.

Whilst that love for the club is admirable, and many supporters have a strong attachment to Lustig, there’s no point keeping him around for sympathetic reasons.

Malmo’s bid gives Lustig a chance to continue his career at another big club in Sweden. Therefore, that wouldn’t be a bad thing for any of the three parties involved.