Former Celtic man Mikael Lustig left waiting

By Hamish Carton

July 16, 2019

Former Celtic man Mikael Lustig is still waiting to see whether he’ll be playing Europa League football next season.

The Swede ended a seven-and-a-half year stay in Glasgow last month when he made the switch to Gent. Lustig’s new side finished outside the European places in Belgium last season but could soon be handed a reprieve.

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That’s after KV Mechelen were found guilty of match-fixing and banned from European competition. Belgian football seems in a bit of a bizarre deadlock at present with Dutch outlet HLN reporting that UEFA and the Belgian FA “did not want to take the plunge” and make a decision.

The article finishes off by saying “Belgian football is in an impasse”. Interesting times indeed.

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The Belgians will take on the Romanians Viitorul Constanta in just over a week if Mechelen are excluded. If not, it will be Antwerp who play that match.

Lustig looking forward to new challenge after Celtic

Meanwhile, Lustig is just looking forward to the new season. The Evening Times have some quotes from the Swede as he prepares for his next challenge after eight seasons in Scotland.

“There’s always going to be a big difference when you change country and change team”, he says. “But it is good”.

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“I had a good talk with Peter Verbeke (Gent sporting director) and he visited me in Glasgow and told me a bit about Gent’s tradition, what kind of club they want to be and how they see me fitting into the club.”

“So, then I did some research and saw that Gent is a beautiful city and it’s also really good for my kids as well. My oldest child will be eight in August and it was important that we found a really good school here and there is an international school that she will go to.

“If the family are not satisfied, I am not satisfied. That is always the No.1 thing for me.”