Mikael Lustig on police officer celebration in Celtic win over Rangers

By David Walton

May 9, 2019

Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig has finally touched on his famous police officer celebration.

It occurred back in Celtic’s 5-0 mauling of Rangers back in April. The contest was more known for the fact we clinched seven-in-a-row against our Glasgow rivals. But Lustig’s sideshow in the match became something of a long-standing joke.

Celtic even touched on it in their Christmas video this year. Lustig took part in it dressed up as a police officer – a clear reference to his brilliant celebration against Rangers.

Mikael Lustig has always enjoyed celebrations against Rangers (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It came when James Forrest had hammered home a third goal before half-time for the Hoops. The game and the league was then over, with Lustig nicking a police officer’s hat during the goal celebration. And this week, he’s touched on the incident for the first time in the Celtic View (Voume 54, Issue 41, Page 19).

“I couldn’t say which is my favourite – the police hat or the beachball – I really don’t know.

“I don’t even know where that sort of thing comes from. It’s not like I plan to put a beachball on my head, or put a police officer’s hat on during a goal celebration beforehand!

“I don’t know, it’s just banter.”

Beachball day

Many will also remember the celebration of Lustig and the beachball. It was another one of the Celtic man’s wacky celebrations against Rangers.

Lustig (left) is out of contract at the end of the season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

During the very first in the recent series of hammerings over Rangers, Lustig picked up a beachball that was lying around and popped it on when Celtic went 2-0 ahead. That came in the terrific 5-1 obliteration of the Ibrox side at Parkhead back in 2016. It was the first time Mark Warburton and Brendan Rodgers met as opposition managers.

It’s the kind of thing fans love to see. It adds a bit of homour to proceedings, and the fact Lustig is still fondly remembered for both celebrations shows it had the desired effect.

Neil Lennon wants to keep Lustig at Celtic (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It remains to be seen whether that’s the last of the hilarity from the Swede. Lustig is out of contract at the end of the season. Neil Lennon has admitted that he wants to keep him at Parkhead, but the final decision on that is yet to have been made.

Celtic signed Lustig back in 2011 from Rosenborg on a free transfer. Since then, he’s won the league in every single year since his arrival.