Mikael Lustig’s hamstring injury picked up against Rangers could rule him out of the Scottish Cup final.
Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon confirmed post-match that it’s the same hamstring he pulled in the victory at Aberdeen last weekend.
Lustig had to come off for Jeremy Toljan at Ibrox, with the German not doing much better than the Swede when given the chance. The result wasn’t disastrous, but the manner of the performance has given us some cause for concern.
For Celtic, however, it’s all now about looking forward. A massive Scottish Cup final with Hearts on May 25th awaits, and Lennon has admitted that Lustig isn’t a cert to start. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Lennon said the following:
“It’s the hamstring he pulled last week so we will have to wait and see what the damage is.”
Toljan could get an unlikely chance to make a final impression
Lustig’s injury would remain a blow. He’s hardly been a top performer this season, but he remains our first-choice right-back. His hamstring has clearly been bothering him this week, and his poor performance at Ibrox showed that.
What it could also mean is that Lustig could’ve played his last game for Celtic. The fact there’s been no news on his contract situation doesn’t bode well. Of course, with the new manager having yet to be confirmed, it’s hardly done and dusted quite yet.
But it could also mean a mini-revival for the barely used Toljan. The German’s appearance at Ibrox was his first appearance since the 2-1 win at Parkhead over Steven Gerrard’s men in their last meeting. But this is some time to be reintroduced to first-team proceedings too.
Celtic have a mouth-watering double-header with Hearts coming up. At the very least, it’s a chance for Toljan to be remembered for something positive before he heads back to Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Lustig showed yesterday that when he isn’t feeling 100%, he shouldn’t be anywhere near the team. So it’s over to you Tojan – time to earn your place at the table.