Josefin Lustig opens up on her husband's Celtic departure

By David Walton

June 20, 2019

The wife of Celtic legend Mikael Lustig has opened up on their departure from Glasgow.

Lustig’s time as a Hoops star came to an end yesterday when he announced he wasn’t returning to the club on Instagram. That now ends an incredible seven-and-a-half years that both Lustig and his wife have had with Celtic and Glasgow.

His partner Josefin has always been in regular contact with fans via her social media channels, website, and her YouTube vlogs. The two struck up a real connection with the city as a whole. So not only is her husband leaving Celtic, but the pair are now leaving what’s become a real second home for them on a permanent basis.

Mikael Lustig officially announced his departure last night (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

And Josefin has been on her official website giving her own opinion on the idea of leaving Scotland.

“Its been a tough time lately. We are moving and I wasn’t prepared for it. Its been a lot harder than I thought it would be. Things can move quickly in this life.

“But we have been in Glasgow for 7.5 years so its been tough to get used to the thought of us leaving. Didn’t get that much time to get used to it and prepare either. I cried every day for a week after Mikael told me. I’m exhausted. Its really taken a lot of energy.

“Glasgow have given me so much. Its been a journey. We were so young when we moved to Glasgow. I’m looking forward to our new adventure as a bit older, with more life experience. I’m so thankful for everything Glasgow has given us.”

Both will be missed

There’s no denying that both will be missed in Glasgow. They understood Scotland and certainly adjusted to it well. Lustig moved to Glasgow when he was just 25. He won’t be forgetting it in a hurry.

Lustig has had his fair share of big moments at Celtic (Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

It also sounds as if Lustig has known about the move for some time. Josefin points out that she had cried for a week when she heard the news. That suggests talks ended at the very latest a few days before the rest of the players returned to pre-season training.

It will be interesting to see where the couple end up. Lustig is still a fine footballer, and can play in any league with the right club. He was apparently having a medical a couple of days ago over a proposed switch to Gent (Daily Record). As it stands, however, there’s been nothing further on that.

Lustig and his family will be moving on to pastures new this summer (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He certainly deserves all the best for the future. A switch back home seemed like the most realistic option a few months ago, but there’s also been no further update on a move to Sweden either.

The pair will be back one day, and hopefully earlier than the hopeful 10-in-a-row party. But Josefin Lustig’s statement is a reminder that this isn’t just a player leaving a football club, it’s a family leaving their long-term home.