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Better for both parties that Lustig moved on

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Modest understatement: we got our money’s worth for the wages paid to Mikael Lustig, who confirmed last night he had left Celtic.  He joined from Rosenborg in January 2012 on a free transfer and leaves on a free, winning all eight league titles, four Scottish Cups and four League Cups in the intervening period, becoming one of our most decorated players in the process.

In 2013, Mikael had surgery to shave bone from both hips.  It is remarkable that his career at the top lasted this long, but, perhaps as a consequence of changes to his physical mechanics, he has suffered regular injuries since.  At 32, so the story is not over, there will be a place in the game for him, just not at the level Celtic aspire to.

Football clubs have a tendency to keep favourite players beyond their peak years, when they are running as much on reputation as ability.  Had Mikael stayed, it would be either for this reason, or because we were not going to recruit a replacement.  It is better for both parties that they moved on.

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  1. PHILBHOY on 20TH JUNE 2019 7:55 PM

     

    Yes I’ll in Aberdour tomorrow as the Golfers slug it out myself, OldTim, BLANTYRETIM and Fries

  2. fairhill bhoy on

    Is this the new line cqn is taking ?

     

    If KT leaves it’s because he wanted to leave and let’s put no blame on our excellent forwards thinking club ?

  3. PHILBHOY on 20TH JUNE 2019 7:55 PM

     

     

    Yes I’ll in Aberdour tomorrow as the Golfers slug it out myself, OldTim, BLANTYRETIM and FriesDormer will be trying to conquer a few 19th holes.

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  4. FAIRHILL BHOY on 20TH JUNE 2019 8:58 PM

     

    As long as his driving is good going as he’s picking me up at 08:15.

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail

  5. fairhill bhoy on

    LENNYBHOY-spoke very highly of you yesterday so I’m sure he will .

     

    Have a good day?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️

  6. Just back from a trip down south, why have we taken a Director of Football on a short term contract? Genuine question, it baffles me.

  7. fairhill bhoy on

    We away to London tomorrow morning,long weekend to see Billy Joel at Wembley ?

     

    Only ever been to London airports so it’s a first ?

  8. LENNYBHOY.

     

     

    I’ll see you tomorrow, aren’t you leaving a bit early,BT is getting the 9.15am train leaving Queen St, I’ll get the same train at Falkirk High, we should get into Aberdour about 10.30am. Looking forward to meeting up with the gang.

  9. OLDTIM67 on 20TH JUNE 2019 9:30 PM

     

    Never too early when setting out to meet friends you’ve not seen for a bit. We’ll get there bout 09:30, McTaggart’s for breakfast and then on to Club House, be there just before you.

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  10. LENNYBHOY,

     

     

    Is that John’s cafe, or the Hotel, if it’s the Cafe we’ll stop in after we get off the train at Aberdour.

  11. jinkyredstar on

    Celtic Mac and Fries

     

    Thanks for the replies from earlier

     

     

    PC Lustig to unfurl the flag – get behind that thought everyone

     

     

    First penalty shoot out at the WWC – be prepared for some fun

     

     

     

    I doubt there is a historic penalty save in football history when the keeper was on the line

     

     

    VARcsc

  12. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    @ STEPHBHOY on 20TH JUNE 2019 8:57 PM

     

     

    We have been poor in the league for two seasons with a very good manager. I think people are overestimating our qualities as opposed to the other way around. We are a couple of injuries away from looking pretty threadbare.

  13. just in for my usual check on all things cqn,

     

     

    usual shite.

     

     

    “the decline in lustigs performance” …………… nope, more goals, assists, minutes, than the season before.

     

     

    “worstening team performance” ………….. nope, better than all the rest, by some distance, again.

     

     

    roll on 9 in a row.

     

     

    some of you should take a tonic wine, your obviously under the weather,

     

     

    keep it lit.

  14. OLDTIM67 on 20TH JUNE 2019 9:47 PM

     

    John’s Cafe, if not there we’ll be in the Club House.

     

    Until we meet again…

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  15. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Did Dermot Desmond just stick a Hammond Organ up Peter Lawwell’s jacksie? – metaphorically speaking of course.

  16. !!Bada Bing!! on

    SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 20TH JUNE 2019 10:54 PM

     

    PC Lustig takes part-time job as a Community Policeman in Parkhead

     

     

    VG

  17. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX

     

     

    Belter.

     

     

    Made me laugh out loud.

  18. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX

     

     

    I think Peter Lawwell has spent too much time in the heated driveway.