MIKAEL LUSTIG could play his last game for Celtic against Hearts in Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final – if Neil Lennon takes a risk on his fitness.
Swedish giants Malmo are prepared to make the 32-year-old international right-back an offer he can’t refuse to take him back to his homeland, according to reports in The Sun.
Lustig is out of contract next week and is free to talk to interested clubs and AIK Stockholm have also been credited with an interest in the player who joined the Hoops when Lennon was manager first time around from Rosenborg as a free agent in January 2012.
Malmo, though, are planning on making the defender one of the country’s highest earners with a three-year deal.
Lustig could yet stay at Parkhead for another 12 months if the champions trigger a 12-month option on his contract.
But he has struggled for full fitness in recent months and Anthony Ralston played in the No.2 position in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the Tynecastle outfit as the team brought down the Premiership curtain on their eighth successive title triumph.
Jeremy Toljan, who is heading back to Borussia Dortmund following his six-month loan switch, replaced Lustig in the loss at Ibrox and Scott Sinclair came on for him near the end of the 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie the previous week where where he scored the opening goal in the triumph that sealed yet another crown.
It looks likely, though, the adventurous full-back could be on his way with Malmo ready to offer him a bumper deal.