Rodgers should offer Celtic veteran Mikael Lustig a new deal on one condition

By Ben Banks

November 27, 2018

He’s a divisive figure at Parkhead, but Celtic fans may have to put up with Mikael Lustig a bit longer if Brendan Rodgers’ comments are anything to go by.

The Swedish international has been an excellent servant for Celtic, playing a massive part in every title the Hoops have won since 2011. Lustig has been loyal to Celtic over the years,  playing over 250 times for the club.

Lustig has been an excellent servant for Celtic. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

And Rodgers seems keen to reward Lustig for his dedication. The full-back is out of contract at the end of the season, with reported interested from homeland club AIK.

Now Rodgers has weighed in on the future of his player.

“Mika has been a great servant for me in my time here. Probably over the course of this winter, which is a busy period, we can sort it all out,” Rodgers told the Scottish Sun.

Rodgers knows he can alway call upon the Swedish international. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“There is maybe something we can look at with that. There are one or two players, contract-wise, who we, as a club, need to sort out.

“But at this moment in time Mika’s playing really well. I’ve loved working with him.”

Does Lustig deserve a new deal?

Whilst Lustig has been excellent for Celtic, many fans want him out the door before he is remembered for the wrong reasons. His stats have been impressive over the years, but is well past his prime. He has become a target for opposition wingers when he plays, as his pace has began to deteriorate.

Celtic need an upgrade at right-back, and Lustig isn’t going to be at Celtic for the long haul. He would be great cover domestically, but Rodgers needs a right-back who can perform in Europe as well. Lustig can’t do that effectively anymore.

The big Swede is a terrific character, but is his time up at Parkhead ? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rodgers is right to give him a new deal, just not as a first choice option. He has had his weaknesses exploited many times and isn’t operating at the level he once was.

Lustig is a lovable character. Despite this, the big Swede may have to jump, before he is pushed in the near future.