Mikael Lustig is to leave Celtic after a seven-and-a-half year spell at the club. The 32-year-old said farewell to fans via Instagram and promised to return to the club in for a “ten-in-a-row party”.
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I had no idea how much this club and everything that comes with it would mean to me when I signed 7.5 years ago. It’s time for me and my family to move on, start a new chapter in life. To make a post on Instagram isn’t enough to express my feelings and thoughts about the situation. I wish I would’ve had the chance to get a proper good bye. I just want to say thank you to everyone I’ve had the honour to meet and work with at Celtic, all the players and staff. The memories will stay with me forever. Thank you to all of you that made Glasgow feel like home for me and my family for so many years. I will never forget your support. Hopefully I’ll see you all soon. I’ll definitely be back for the 10 in a row party! 🍀💚
Lustig would be entitled to come back to celebrate the potential achievement. He’s played a huge part in Celtic’s recent history and deserves all the credit he receives.
He’s also had some pretty amazing moments in his time at the club. Let’s take a look at our top five.
5 – Checking the pocket
You may notice a slight theme in our countdown. Lustig did enjoy rubbing it in against our fierce Glasgow rivals. He usually had good reason to as well. Here he is mocking Gers man Jamie Murphy during our 5-0 thrashing of the Ibrox side in April 2018.
Mikael Lustig checking his pocket in search of Jamie Murphy. This should be enough to keep him at Celtic. At least as a back up. A huge wind up merchant to them. pic.twitter.com/BUInnDdGrY
— CelticLisboa (@CelticLisboaa) June 11, 2019
4 – Beachball
18 months earlier, the Swede had been rubbing it in to another Rangers man. When Moussa Dembele netted his second against the Ibrox side – this time in a 5-1 win – Lustig mocked Joey Barton by running past the mouthy midfielder with a burst beachball on his head.
The Lustig beachball hat is probably the greatest goalscoring celebration ever in football. pic.twitter.com/BSvApc8F0l
— Andrew (@Hullbhoy) September 10, 2016
It wouldn’t be his favourite choice of hat though. More on that later.
3 – Ripped shirt
An endearing image of the Swede will be one taken earlier this season. Neil Lennon’s Celtic had just beaten Rangers 2-1 when a post-match melee took place. Lustig was central to the action and ended up with his shirt ripped.
The right-back didn’t seem to care too much though, as he once again mocked the Ibrox side’s players.
2 – Police hat
Perhaps the funniest Lustig moment arrived in that 5-0 game in 2018. Celtic had just gone 3-0 up through James Forrest and the Swede decided he would celebrate in bizarre fashion. He stole a policeman’s hat from a nearby officer and joined in the celebrations. It truly was a sight to behold.
1 – His final contribution
Despite all the hilarity, Lustig was also a good player on the pitch for Celtic. One of his final acts for the club was to set up the winner for Odsonne Edouard is last month’s Scottish Cup final victory over Hearts.
Lustig nodded the ball on to the advancing Frenchman who lifted the ball into the net to secure Celtic’s third successive treble. It was a fitting way for Lustig to bow out.