Mikael Lustig has reportedly provided Celtic with a fitness boost, as he looks set to play in the Scottish Cup final.
The Daily Record are reporting that the right-back went for scans after the defeat to Rangers. It turns out the results have shown that the injury wasn’t as bad as first feared. Therefore, he still has a decent chance of making the Scottish Cup final against Hearts on May 25th.
It remains to be seen whether Lustig will be available to face the Jambos this Sunday. If not, then it looks like it will give Jeremy Toljan yet another opportunity to play before he heads back to Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Lustig has been a Neil Lennon favourite since the Northern Irishman returned back in February. It was he who signed the Swede back in 2011 from Rosenborg on a free transfer. Lustig has featured in 10 of Lennon’s 12 games in charge this season.
A chance for has to be a farewell
For those who were perhaps being won over by some of Lustig’s earlier displays under Lennon, it’s clear he still needs to be shifted in the summer.
Once again at Ibrox, he was again given the runaround by Ryan Kent. It was an unacceptable performance from the former Rosenborg man. It showed once more that we need a big improvement in that area for next season.
Lennon has already said that he wants to keep Lustig if he’s here next season. And even though Lennon’s appointment this summer as permanent manager still seems doubtful, the idea of Lustig staying should be as nothing more than back-up.
But in truth, Celtic could do with a top-class right-back this summer as well as an additional solid replacement as cover. It’s time for the Hoops to seriously rejig that area of the team, as it’s becoming a liability in big games.
The likes of Timothy Castagne and Omar Elabdellaoui were linked with Parkhead moves in January. If they aren’t achievable in the summer, Celtic need to stay ambitious in their pursuit of quality in that area.
In any case, it’s good to see Lustig back for the final. Hopefully he can help steer us to the treble and that it provides him with a fitting send-off.