Mikael Lustig struggled at right-back as Celtic crashed out of the Champions League with a 2-1 defeat to AEK Athens in the Greek capital on Tuesday night, and Bhoys fans have called on Brendan Rodgers to reinstate Cristian Gamboa to the starting XI.
The Swede got the nod from the Northern Irishman, who should move for a £6.2m-rated English Championship winger who has been made available, in the second leg of the European tie but he really struggled on Tuesday, and questions would have been asked about the 31-year-old following both AEK goals on the night.
Gamboa was named on the substitutes’ bench in Athens and while he hasn’t been a spectacular signing for the club, he has usually been reliable and offered a real attacking dimension from full-back for the Scottish Premiership holders, and should be full of confidence following a decent 2018 World Cup for Costa Rica.
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Celtic supporters were quick to have their say on Lustig and Gamboa via social media, and while one labelled the latter “better than Lustig”, another said “Gamboa has got to start”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Gamboa is better than Lustig and Kolo Toure would still do a better job than Simunovic
— John Smith (@jsmith10013) August 15, 2018
Feel for gamboa tonight. A better RB than lustig at the moment.
— Boltbhoy⚡🍀 (@scottishbolt) August 14, 2018
Ajers a kid lustigs done kt is the future, jozo and hendry are the same age mid 20,s are they not? Far from kids. Not blaming them blaming lack of improvement through signings these last years. I think gamboa is better than lustig at least he has pace. Imo we need new cbs
— Ciarán (@ciarand77) August 14, 2018
Agree with almost all of that – however LUSTIG is done and has been for 2 seasons.
He cost us in the 1st leg and yet BR still picked him and he cost us again – involved in losing both goals last night.
Gamboa is no world beater but miles better
— Tambo Unchained 🏴 🏴 (@ThomasTambo) August 15, 2018
Our best player in the previous tie was Gamboa. The goals we lost from lustig not getting to the ball/man in each game wouldn’t have happened if he’d played.
— Stuart McDonnell (@thecelticshirt) August 15, 2018
Doesn't give me any pleasure saying it but Lustig should have been sold in the summer. So slow its unbelievable. Gamboa had a good world cup and can run. Give him a game ffs #celticfc
— Steven Boyle 🇮🇪 🐾🦈🐻🦏🐬☘️ (@Boyler_ste11) August 15, 2018
Granted Celtic have to sign a quality RB but am Still asking myself what Gamboa did to be dropped for lustig , solid enough defender who isn't scared to get stuck in ! Lustigs been done for over a year now
— Goose (@GerryCurrie93) August 15, 2018
However the fact he still chooses to play Lustig is beyond me, we could do much better. Gamboa should be used more often
— Lachy (@Lachy67_) August 14, 2018
Kieran Tierney. The only player with soul on the pitch. Disappointed with the rest. Lustig is rotten. Gamboa has got to start.
— Chalco García (@IAC_Garcia) August 14, 2018