Mikael Lustig’s recent return to form continued in the 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Aberdeen. The right-back was solid in defence and a constant threat going forward, particularly when the Dons had been reduced to nine men.
Lustig’s form has improved dramatically since Neil Lennon’s return to the club, and he will be desperate to retain the player for next season.
Future still to be determined
However, it remains to be seen where Lustig’s future lies. His contract expires at the end of the season. He may feel it is time to return to Sweden after spending seven years in Glasgow.
It must be said though, Lustig’s performances have earned the player a new deal. He has been excellent since replacing Jeremy Toljan at right-back.
Lustig is heading towards the last few years of his career. Obviously he won’t be at Celtic for that much longer.
New deal would help solve problem
However, if he signs a new one-year contract if would mean that the Hoops don’t need to go in the market for another left-back for a year.
Lustig and Anthony Ralston could battle it out for the right-back spot, with Ralston eventually taking over from Lustig.
Planning ahead doesn’t always happen in football, but this seems like the sensible thing to do. Now all Celtic have to do is convince Lustig to sign a new contract with the club.