Mikael Lustig is widely expected to end a seven-and-a-half year stay at Celtic in the coming days. The 32-year-old spoke to Swedish outlet Sportbladet and revealed that he’d endured a tough recent period.

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He said: “The last few weeks have been tough. Not on the field, but off the pitch.

“I am proud of how I have handled the situation and those closest to me, the players and the leaders at Celtic know what has happened.”

End of an era

If the Swede does move on then his departure will signal the formal end of a famous Celtic team. The full-back is the last remaining player from the night we beat Barcelona in 2012. Lustig played 72 minutes of the November clash before being substituted by a certain youngster called Tony Watt.

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The 18-year-old leapt onto the scene and scored Celtic’s dramatic second, after Victor Wanyama had earlier given us the lead. Lionel Messi pulled one back late on for the Catalan side but it wasn’t enough as we clinched one of the most famous wins in our history.


13 men featured that night. All have since left the club with just Mikael Lustig remaining. Now it seems like he’s soon to depart too.

What was the Celtic team that night?

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Fraser Forster, Mikael Lustig, Efe Ambrose, Kelvin Wilson, Adam Matthews, Kris Commons, Victor Wanyama, Joe Ledley, Charlie Mulgrew, Georgios Samaras, Miku   SUBS: Tony Watt, Beram Kayal

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