Shuffling for spare seats in Lisbon Lions, Mikael’s woes


I’m loving the positivity which surrounds season ticket sales at the moment. You can imagine staff at the Ticket Office bouncing into work these days to deal with another new scenario. Today’s news is that a deadline of this Friday has been made for existing season ticket holders to relocate to the newly opened Upper Lisbon Lions section, before the remaining seasons are made available.

There’s now a high probability that Celtic and Hearts will both have waiting lists for season tickets, with Aberdeen not far behind. Even Hibs are felling their own Irish manager effect, as they target 10,000 ticket sales.

Pretty gutted Mikael Lustig retired at half time in Sweden’s game against Ireland yesterday because of a groin injury. Injury has been the story of Mikael’s life over the last couple of years, which will cast a shadow over the rest of his career. Sweden can continue to select him, when fit, but Celtic will need to cater for the reality that he may miss a lot of football going forward.

It’s also unlikely that he’ll attract a transfer (or sail through a medical). With the right levels of rest and preparatory work, he should be able to compete at the top level for another three years at least, but for much of that time Mikael is destined to be a bit part player.


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  1. Has the understudy to Lustig not just penned a 3 year deal? Maybe the chance of another Tierney?

  2. Mikael having to go off deprived us of the chance of seeing 4 current/former players on the pitch at the same time.

  3. Got my holiday t shirts sorted!





    St Pauli


    Stunning Wee ‘Celtic DNA’ number with a green n white fingerprint!



    I’m a bit of a midden so that should last me the week!



    HH jamesgang

  4. It’s a real shame about Mikael. I think he’s a great player and has been great for us when fit. I would hate to lose him and wonder if it might be an idea to involve him in some sort of capacity in the coaching set up with a view to the future. He has 50+ caps for Sweden, has played for Rosenburg and for Celtic in a lot of European games. That’s a lot of experience for us to lose if Mikael goes for whatever reason. He loves the club and understands what Celtic are all about.

  5. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Lustig’s fitness issues could be the perfect opportunity to bring through a young player without the pressure of having to play every game. Gradual phase-out/phase-in over the next couple of seasons.

  6. Even when Lustig is fit these days he understandably doesn’t seem to have confidence in his body/fitness and is a shadow of himself. Saidy Janko showed flashes of promise but was out injured even more than Lustig which says to me we need another right back.


    I see another of our injury prone former RB’s Adam Matthews is set to join Bristol City after his Sunderland deal fell flat. They are looking for a fee with 2 years of his Sunderland deal left and he will be on decent wages.

  7. Bundoran Bhoy



    Ach away you’re only saying that cos it’s true!!


    And – completely unrelated – I still owe you some pennies for your wee jog.



    Can you repost the link.



    Love the big lustig lad. Hate his injuries. I wonder if a move inside to centre half might also extend his career and protect his loss of pace.



    HH jamesgang

  8. Paul67 – my reaction to Mick was the opposite; glad to see him rest up with what I hope is a recoverable minor injury that will keep him out the tournament but ready for our qualifiers. Every cloud…

  9. Mark Warburton last seen day after cup final out on Loch Lomond with Davie Weir in a hired rowing boat called ‘Dignity’.

  10. timaloy29 sleeps on the heated driveway on

    GARY67 on 14TH JUNE 2016 12:38 PM


    Gary67 on 14th June 2016 12:36 pm



    timaloy29 sleeps on the heated driveway on 14th June 2016 12:11 pm



    Forest job? Watford job? Southampton job?




    No Watford, forgo they appointed Mazzarri





    I don’t know much about what’s going at Forrest. They are the only Championship club without a manager at the moment. It would be his only chance and wouldn’t be a million miles away from his family.



    That said, there will be a lot of competition for that job. I think Neil Warnock is being touted. A guy who has great pedigree in that division.



    Southampton is way to big for his Warbness. They had the ability to bring in a manager of the caliber of Ronald Koeman. They will bring in a solid European coach like Frank De Boer.



    I genuinely believe Warbs will report back to Murray Park for pre-season but will be looking for a way out as soon as possible.

  11. Geordie Munro on

    The injury plagued Mikael Lustig has played 100 games over the last 3 years.



    And almost 50 in his first full season in the hoops.



    He’s so far down the list of work shy unfit players I’d punt, his name looks like one o the wee dots many have been counting. :)



    Loads out the door before Lustig csc




  12. Hope ML injury is not as bad as anticipated. Lot of talk about him being injury prone and once you get a reputation it is hard to lose it but I think if you look at the stats for this year he was one of those with most appearances.





    Acquaintance,I can assure you.



    Good call,as it turned out.

  14. AuroraBorealis79 on

    Regarding Mikel Lustig, as an Irish man I was…….




    fill in the blanks








    Played a normal amount of games for the first time since he was signed, five seasons ago.



    Very much a Kris Commons situation, high wage over 30, running out of contract, big decision.



    Fitness aside he was very poor in a lot of games he did play, the Ross County defeat as an



  16. BTW



    The lad Ralston who came on for his debut at St J at the end of the season looked the biz.



    Much more assured and physically strong than a certain KT who debuted in similar circumstances 12 months previously.



    Wonder what happened to him?



    And Janko I like too. Though perhaps more as an outside centre on a rugby field!


    0-60 like bobbio chasing a Guinness!



    HH jamesgang

  17. Was watching game yesterday with my wee girl. Bedecked in her Ireland gear and my Hoops scarf she was shouting at TV “there’s nothing wrong with him ref, he’s just acting” “he plays for Celtic” says i. “come on get him some treatment quickly ref” was her next comment. Not daft at all my wee ghirl. :-D

  18. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    If Warbs was leaving the papers would be full of stories about how great a coach Davie Weir is and how big a part he played in their “success” last season.

  19. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    “Hundreds, then thousand of Hibs dots, spelled on to the Hampden turf in a spontaneous explosion of joy”



    “A small minority of Rangers(sic) dots ran on to the pitch, in an effort to protect their players and management team”

  20. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    “There was an army of Celtic dots that had made the journey to Seville by any means possible”



    “Some estimates put the number of dots that travelled at up to 80 000”

  21. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Does anyone know the 0141. No for the ticket office They have phoned me on a 0870 no and I am in Spain don’t want to use it

  22. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    COSY CORNER BHOY on 14TH JUNE 2016 2:14 PM


    Does anyone know the 0141. No for the ticket office They have phoned me on a 0870 no and I am in Spain don’t want to use it




    Try 0141 230 1967