Celtic’s Mikael Lustig has finally opened up on the club’s move for a new right-back this January.

The Swede has been receiving plenty of criticism this season for his performances. He’s looked shaky at the back and has cost Celtic on plenty of occasions in the past.

He still, however, has a good reputation with supporters due to the fact he’s given seven long years of top service. And despite the fact that’s coming to an end, Lustig has done plenty of good for Celtic in the past.

Could a move back to Sweden be on this summer? (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

And after weeks of speculation regarding who could be coming in to replace him, the big man has finally given his own views. Speaking to a news publication back in Sweden, Lustig opened up.

“If Celtic are looking for a new right back I have no problem whatsoever with that. They have to fix that.

“I have a dialogue with Brendan Rodgers and the club. Both me and the other right-back Cristian Gamboa’s contract ends this summer.

“So I will see about whether I will stay or go somewhere else We have a good dialogue and I know what the manager wants. I still have a few months left of my contract and there’s plenty of time left in this transfer window too.”

Lustig will have options no matter what

It’s refreshing to hear Lustig’s take on the January events at Celtic Park. He’ll know more than anyone just how important it is for the club to get it right in that position, and it’s interesting to hear him acknowledge that.

It’s looking highly likely that Celtic don’t renew his contract in the summer. But if they don’t, it’s not as if Celtic’s Swede will have nowhere to go.

Lustig has given Celtic seven long years of service (Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

There is strong interest from AIK back in his homeland. A move back to Scandinavia is looking likely at this point, but Lustig is also considering alternative options in the summer.

The man with over 250 appearances for the Hoops spoke freely about his potential summer options. It’s clear that he’s therefore opening up his mind to leaving the club this summer.

But it’s great to see Lustig so at peace with whatever happens in the coming months. Celtic supporters will continue to wish him all the best when he inevitably moves on.

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