GUTTED Swedish defender Mikael Lustig is almost certainly OUT of Celtic’s crucial run-in to the season.
The right-back has been out of action since February with an ankle problem that stems from ligament damage and bruising on the bone.
No surgery has been required, but the injury has required a three-month rehabilitation.
Ronny Deila won’t risk a setback to Lustig and is planning ahead to have him available for pre-season training this summer.

Crocked Charlie Mulgrew is fighting to overcome his long-term hamstring tendon problem and could soon rejoin training although he is another who will not be reintroduced to the fray too early.

Deila admitted: “It would silly of us to gamble on Mikael or Charlie. Certainly, we won’t risk Mikael coming back too quickly because he has been out for a long time. The bruising has been difficult to assess.

“We would like to think he might have a chance of being back before the season finished, but we won’t throw him in just for the sake of it.

“The same goes for Charlie. He is further ahead and is expected to join training with us next week, so, hopefully, he will get some games before the end of the season.

“They are two important players for us, so we want them to come back.

“But we want them to come back strong rather than coming back and picking up more injuries. The timing has to be right.”
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