Mikael Lustig is important figure in recent Celtic run

By Connor Gordon

January 31, 2019

Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig could be on his way down the Parkhead pecking line.

The Hoops are sourcing a replacement with Borussia Dortmund’s Jeremy Toljan the favourite to do so reports the Daily Record.

However, the veteran Swede is giving more to the Bhoys right now than he ever has.

Perhaps, there is still life in the old legs yet when it comes to recent statistics.

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The big number when it comes to the Sweden international is his assists record.

The 32-year-old has a surprising four assists from his last two games with the Hoops romping home each game.

This season is his best for three years with providing seven goals compared to the combined total of the previous two years of six.

Mikael Lustig is showing a surprise run of form for Celtic recently. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

For a full-back apparently on the decline, Lustig’s performances are at a high level at present.

His quality of crossing against St Johnstone was of the highest order and was unlucky not to assist more goals.

Critics will claim that the standard of opposition muds the statistic, but the club can only play what is in front of them.

Besides, a St Johnstone victory would have seen them in touching distance of Kilmarnock and Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.

Anthony Ralston is Swede’s closest competitor but is out injured. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It will take a lot for another right-back to come into displace him and it will take time.

There is also the matter of contesting against a hungry Anthony Ralston who won’t surrender easily either.

Fight for Celtic right-back is well and truly on

Unfortunately, Ralston is out injured leaving only Cristian Gamboa to contest Lustig’s spot.

He isn’t even in recent squad showing how high he is up the pecking order at the club.

Being in the final year of his contract will probably see the Costa Rican leave at the end of the season.

Cristian Gamboa will be out of contract in the summer and will probably leave the club. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If Toljan is the man to go head-to-head against Lustig, then there is a true contest.

However, should the German do that, the Hoops will be back to square one in July as the loan could be like the others this window – six months.

Celtic dabbled in interest for Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne, but a goal against Juventus will put his stock higher.

Lustig is showing the supporters he still has a place at the club with recent statstics.

However, the game isn’t entirely based on stats so the performances must remain consistent or he will find himself out the first team.