Mikael Lustig’s policeman celebration is perhaps one of the more iconic moments of the treble treble period.
There was just something about that moment in the 5-0 rout of Rangers that felt perfect. It was cheeky and mocking of our rivals at the same time. It went down brilliantly with the supporters, and was one of Lustig’s finest moments in green and white.
Fast forward another three domestic trophies later and Lustig is starting up a new life in Belgium with Gent. The right-back brought to an end a trophy-laden eight years in Scotland, and will only be remembered for the success and joy he helped bring to the East End of Glasgow.
And speaking in the Daily Record, Lustig once again touched on his famous police officer celebration, as well as his new life in Belgium.
“My police hat celebration was one of those crazy things you do on the spur of the moment. You don’t plan to do something like that beforehand – but it was very funny.
“I hope to be popular with the Gent fans, but I can only achieve this through giving 100 per cent effort. I’m still hungry and in good shape. I regularly do extra training on my own, and take care what I eat. The older you get the more you have to look after your body.
“After eight years with Celtic it felt strange to be pulling on a blue shirt. Thankfully it isn’t the same shade of blue as the Rangers strip!”
The resolution Lustig’s Celtic legacy needed
Many will still be sad to see the back of Lustig. It’s perhaps not been helped by the fact we still haven’t signed his replacement either. But, if we’re all being serious with ourselves, this is a move that had to happen.
Not only for Lustig’s career as a whole, but for the legacy he leaves behind. We’re not going to touch on his frailties too much, but they were becoming increasingly glaring to the supporters. Leaving at the time he has helped protect his Celtic legacy as an era of constant success. It was nothing less than he deserved to be remembered for, and he left with the love of the Celtic fan-base. Making over 275 competitive appearances will do that for you.
Now, Lustig is set for a new challenge with Gent in the Belgian First Division A. With a bit of luck, his trophy haul in football will have another couple of pieces of silverware before he retires.
Celtic remain fortunate to have had Lustig in his prime. He was, by far, one of the best right-backs we’ve had in some time. His consistency levels were incredible for the majority of his time in Glasgow. For so long, Celtic haven’t had any issues at right-back due to Lustig’s years of service.
For that we can be thankful. But now, it’s all about who’s going to replace him. Whoever it is, and whenever Celtic decide to bring him in, it’s going to be one hell of a job to live up to Lustig’s success levels in Glasgow.