It’s safe to say that when Jeremy Toljan joined Celtic on loan from Borussia Dortmund in January, most people thought Mikael Lustig’s time at Celtic would be up.
The right-back has struggled at times with form and injury this season. Therefore, it was no surprise that former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers signed another right-back.
Things have changed
However, some things have changed since then. Rodgers has of course quit Celtic, to be replaced by Neil Lennon. And Toljan hasn’t been the huge upgrade on Lustig most probably expected him to be.
Indeed, it wasn’t a shock to see Lennon restore Lustig to the Hoops team for the recent win over Hibernian.
Not a surprise
Lustig’s contract expires at the end of the season. Despite being in the veteran stage of his career, it would not be a surprise if he signed a new deal with the Hoops.
Toljan seems unlikely to stay past the end of his loan deal. So the Hoops will need at least one right-back at the club for the Champions League qualifiers.
Lustig can be that man, even for the short-term. The Hoops will no doubt attempt to bring in another right-back during the summer transfer window.
Until then, Lustig can solve the problem at right-back. It might not be what many fans thought would happen, but football is a very unpredictable game.