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IN PICTURES: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKAEL – LET’S CELEBRATE TONIGHT!

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CELTIC’S Swedish international right-back Mikael Lustig celebrates his 32nd birthday today – and is hoping to add to his joy this evening by helping Brendan Rodgers’ side into the knock-out stages of the Europa League next year.

The defender is likely to be in his usual place against RB Salzburg in the final Group B encounter at Parkhead where a point will be good enough to send the Hoops through to the last 32 of the competition.

Lustig joined the champions from Rosenborg in 2012 and has enjoyed some spectacular moments since his arrival.

CQN‘s ace lensman Geo has captured some of the best images of the World Cup star on film. Here is the pick of the pics.

RISE AND SHINE…Mikael Lustig puts the pressure on the Barcelona defence in October 2012.

HIGH AND MIGHTY…Mikael Lustig, in the team’s all-black strip in the 2012/13 season, is beaten to the punch by St Mirren keeper Craig Samson.

HEADS I WIN…Mikael Lustig nods in one with the Hibs defence in disarray.

TITLE WINNERS…Mikael Lustig (second left) celebrates victory along with Kris Commons, Leigh Griffiths, Scott Brown, Charie Mulgrew and Virgil Van Dijk.

JOY BHOYS…Mikael Lustig and Stefan Johansen look happy.

FIVE ALIVE…Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney share the joy as they celebrate the fifth successive Premiership title win.

THREE’N’EASY…Jozo Simunovic, Kolo Toure and Mikael Lustig with the 2016/17 title trophy.

CUP FINALISTS…Celtic’s starting line-up for the Scottish Cup Final against Aberdeen on May 27, 2017. Back row (left to right): Craig Gordon, Leigh Griffiths, Jozo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata, Scott Sinclair; Front row: Stuart Armstrong, Mikael Lustig, Callum McGregor, Scott Brown, Kieran Tierney and Patrick Roberts.

BEST FOOT FORWARD…Mikael Lustig leaps high to clear from Dons dangerman Niall McGinn.

BY THE LEFT…Mikael Lustig nets in the 4-2 Betfred League Cup semi-final win over Hibs last season. The Swede netted two at Hampden with Moussa Dembele chipping in with a double, as well.

LOVE ALL…Mikael Lustig and Dedryck Boyata following the 2-0 Betfred League Cup Final triumph over Motherwell.

HIGH JINKS…Mikael Lustig towers above Motherwell’s Elliott Frear in last season’s 2-0 Scottish Cup Final win.

FAIR COP…Mikael Lustig with some interesting headgear after the Cup Final victory.

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN…Mikael Lustig and his Celtic team-mates celebrate the seventh successive title win. Now for number eight. Pics: Geo.

* DON’T miss the unbeatable match report on Celtic’s crucial Europa League Group B encounter tonight in your champion CQN.

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