Former Celt Mikael Lustig joins Belgian side Gent

By Hamish Carton

June 21, 2019

Mikael Lustig has completed a move to Belgian top-flight side Gent. The Swede ended a seven-and-a-half year stint at Celtic during the week, with an emotional Instagram post.

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The 32-year-old said it was “time for me and my family to move on, start a new chapter in life.”

That next chapter will be with Gent after the Belgians confirmed his move on social media alongside the caption “Power, passion, experience”. Lustig did have interest in his native Sweden but has decided instead to link up with Danish coach Jess Thorup.

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Could he come up against Celtic?

Gent’s European place is up in the air at the moment. They could have secured a Europa League berth by winning the Belgian Cup last year but were unfortunately beaten in the final.

However, the cup winners KV Mechelen were recently found guilty of match-fixing and therefore banned from Europe. They appealed the decision and are currently being included in proceedings UEFA.

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A final verdict is expected at the end of June and if Mechelen are banned then Lustig’s Gent will enter at the second qualifying round. That means that they could face the likes of Rangers or Aberdeen this season while a potential return to Celtic Park could be in the offing if we drop into Europe’s secondary competition.