Mikael Lustig should be kept around at Celtic for his experience alone

By Hamish Carton

May 28, 2019

Celtic should move heaven and earth to retain Mikael Lustig this summer. The full-back is out of contract at the end of May with Malmo in his native Sweden reported to have offered him a big money contract.

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Allsvenskan champions AIK Stockholm – who Celtic could face in the Champions League  – are also said to be weighing up a move for the 32-year-old.

Lustig may have ended a seven-and-a-half year spell in Glasgow in dramatic fashion on Saturday but the Hoops should look to keep him on next year, if only as back-up.

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Experience is important

As Celtic chase down a record-equaling nine-in-a-row under Neil Lennon next year, experience has never been more vital. Lustig has been a part of each of our previous eight titles as well as four Scottish Cups and four League Cups.

After the Hampden win, Lennon spoke about the importance of the Swede on dressing room affairs. Lustig is a massive part of the playing squad at Celtic. Alongside men like Scott Brown and Kieran Tierney he will be one of the first to welcome new players to the club. He’ll also be one of the main ones who make sure they stay in line.

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The right-back is a huge part of Celtic’s recent history. He knows what it takes to get over the line in league championships and deliver in big cup ties.

He may not be a viable option as a first-choice full-back anymore but Celtic should certainly be looking to keep him on their books ahead of a tough battle next year.