MIKAEL LUSTIG has signed a new contract at Celtic which will see the Swedish defender’s stay in Glasgow extended to the summer of 2019.
Lustig was set to leave Celtic before Brendan Rodgers arrived at the club and was planning to return to Sweden. However things changed dramatically for the player who has this season re-captured his best form and has been a stand-out for the Irishman whether he’s played Lustig at right back or as centre-half.
The new deal, which CQN has been flagging up for the past few weeks, was this afternoon announced on the club’s website. The statement read:
“CELTIC are delighted to announce that Mikael Lustig has signed a contract extension which will see him remain at the club until at least May 2019.
“The 30-year-old Swedish internationalist joined the club five years ago following a spell with Norwegian side, Rosenborg, and he has gone to become an integral part of the team’s success over the past few seasons.
“He made his debut for the Hoops in March 2012, playing in a 1-1 draw against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, and to date he has made a total of 166 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals. He has won four league titles, one Scottish Cup and two League Cups, the most recent of them coming back in November when he helped Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Aberdeen in the final at Hampden.
“While he has played the majority of his games for club and country at right-back, Mikael has also shown himself to be equally adept playing in a central defensive role where his experience has proved beneficial to the team, and will continue to do so in the future.”
Lustig is pictured above with James Forrest back in November at Hampden when Celtic won the Betfred Cup, in the first leg of a potential treble. Forrest was another player who looked like his days as a Celtic player were coming to an end. Brendan had other ideas there too!