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LUSTIG PLAYS WAITING GAME

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MIKAEL LUSTIG has told Celtic he is prepared to be patient while they ponder the offer of a new contract.

With the European Championship Finals in France due in the summer, the 29-year-old Swedish international defender admitted he is in no hurry to sign an extension.

Lustig, who joined the Hoops from Rosenborg in 2012, said: “Next season is the last year of my contract.

“I’m just focusing on playing for the club over the next year and we’ll see what happens. Last time I signed a new contract it was Celtic who came to me, so at the moment I’m just sitting quietly in my boat.”

Lustig, who has 50 caps for his country, admitted playing for Celtic in so many big games has helped him deal with the
 rigours of international football.

He added: “This will be my second major tournament. I know what’s required. You need to be switched on all the time in the big games.

“Some of your opponents have so much class that you can’t switch off for one second. That’s one thing I’ve learned a lot in my four years with Celtic.

“I won’t get much of a break following the Euros. Our last game in the group stage is on June 22 and I think Celtic meet up again that same day. Hopefully, I’ll get a couple of weeks off.

“Whatever happens, I’ll get at least one week no matter what, because you can’t go straight from a tournament and back into training. That’s not good for anyone.

“When you get a little bit older you know your body better, so there’s no point in rushing into something. We’ll see what happens and I’m going to have a chat with the manager.”

 
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