Celtic suffered another damaging evening away from home in Europe on Thursday night, thrashed 3-0 by FC Zenit in the UEFA Europa League and dumped out of the competition.
Despite their impressive 1-0 win over the Russians at Celtic Park last week, the Hoops were no match for Roberto Mancini’s side in the second leg, finding themselves two down within half an hour.
With the tie put to bed by Aleksandr Kokorin in the 61st minute, it was a long evening for Celtic supporters who were left to soul search and wonder where it all went wrong after such a strong performance at home.
Much of the criticism was aimed at defender Mikael Lustig, a player who, frankly, looked out of his depth in the match, struggling to deal with anything the Russians threw at him and being badly caught out for the third goal.
The Swede has contributed a lot to the Hoops over the years but at 31 is looking well past his best and fans are now calling for him to be axed in upcoming matches, finally losing patience with him.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Lustig is a complete and utter waste of space. Thanks for the memories Mikael but your time is very much up
— Eddie Keane (@Eddiek62) February 22, 2018
Lustig is a rank rotten
— ShelbyBrown 💚 (@shelbs_x) February 22, 2018
I don't like slagging our players of, but Lustig has been a pro for many years, at domestic, Europe, International level. So why does he still shit himself anytime an opposition player comes within 15 yards of him. Panics and gives the ball away every single time.
— 🍀Geordie Bhoy🍀 (@Madbhoy75) February 22, 2018
Lustig finished. Something needs to change Celtic we have been awful this season simple as that.
— A.C ART (@AidanCregan) February 22, 2018
I’ve started a go fund me page and the proceeds will go to any club willing to take Lustig off our books.
— tam sellics son (@gibbygibbo1) February 22, 2018
Love the guy but Lustig is finished at this level
— Jack (@JackPlomer24) February 22, 2018
Gamboa has to be better than Lustig. Hes finished
— Peter M 19🏆67 (@BkHazard) February 22, 2018
Lustig is honestly cringe worthy to watch. Absolutely diabolical. Completely finished. Don't want to see him play another game this season.
— James (@JamesyT1916) February 22, 2018
Lustig shouldn't be playing. Absolutely awful
— Sam (@sammahaffy) February 22, 2018
Some very disappointing performances tonight for Celtic. Only Forrest gets pass marks for me. Tierney as poor as I've seen him, not gone past a player all night. Lustig awful. All three goals preventable. Going out with a whimper.
— PASTA Mick (@PASTA_Mick) February 22, 2018
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