Celtic right back and Swedish international Mikael Lustig believes new Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers will have a greater say on transfers than his predecessor Ronny Deila.
Rodgers’s particular philosophy and style of play will mean he will want specific types of player who are technically gifted and can retain possession of the ball, and Lustig believes Rodgers will have a big influence over transfer policy. He told the Scottish Sun:
“Celtic brought in a young coach from Scandinavia, and I don’t believe he had that much influence and that he could say ‘I want that player, no matter how much he costs’.”
“At that point, the board knew which type of players they wanted to bring in, and how much money they were willing to spend. I believe Brendan Rodgers, if he isn’t satisfied with the squad, will form it in his way.”
Lustig’s own future at the club is far from certain as the 29-year-old’s contract has one year remaining, and he has yet to agree a new deal to stay at Celtic Park.
Much will depend on the new manager and whether he believes Lustig has a future at the club.
Otherwise, the Scottish club may want to cash in on the player so as not to allow him to leave for nothing next season.
The player himself says he has not considered leaving the club but most likely the decision will be down to Rodgers.