Mikael Lustig was forced to apologise after police hat incident
Mikael Lustig has revealed that he was forced to apologise after a famous ‘police hat’ incident in a Glasgow derby. The 32-year-old famously grabbed the hat of an officer while celebrating a goal in Celtic’s 5-0 demolition of Rangers in April 2018.
James Forrest had just netted the Hoops’ third goal in the win that secured the league title, as Lustig ran over and knicked the cap from the unsuspecting copper.
The images were shared online for months after and Celtic even made a joke of the act in their Christmas video last year. However, Lustig says it didn’t go down well with everyone.
“The reaction was mostly positive but I was told the police in Scotland weren’t happy with me,” he told the Daily Record.
“I had to call them and apologise. After that. everything went quiet.
“I enjoy having fun but clearly wearing a police hat was not something I planned before the match.”
Will we see more of the same next season?
Lustig has been known to do the odd daft thing during our matches against Rangers. In September 2016 he famously taunted former Gers man Joey Barton by running past him with a deflated beachball on his head. His celebration after netting in the 5-1 win at Ibrox in 2017 is also one that has gone down well with Celtic supporters.
The Swede brings joy to the tense occasions but he also brings a know-how. Lustig knows exactly what to expect from the matches against our fierce rivals and that could be important next season. Celtic will have to get their new recruits up to speed pretty quickly and the Swede is the kind of guy who could help them do that.
Most people realise that he’s past his best years and shouldn’t be starting every week for the club. However, that doesn’t mean he has nothing to offer. Lustig has won 16 trophies while at the club – more than anyone bar James Forrest and Scott Brown. We shouldn’t be throwing away experience like that without some consideration.