Celtic defender Mikael Lustig is currently fighting to save his future with the club, but he might not have done himself any favours following his display in the 1-0 Europa League win against Rosenborg on Thursday night.
Well, the 6ft 2in star’s contract with the Glasgow giants is due to expire at the end of the season, and Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers has recently suggested that he is open to the 31-year-old remaining at Celtic Park if he proves his worth.
The Sweden international is one of the Scottish Premiership outfit’s longest-serving players having been with them since 2012, but even though he is currently the first-choice right-back ahead of Cristian Gamboa he has still come under criticism from his own fans on Twitter for some of his performances this term.
The Northern Irish manager gave Lustig the nod again in Norway on Thursday and even handed him the captain’s armband with Scott Brown on the substitutes’ bench, but things perhaps didn’t go to plan for him.
Celtic may have kept a clean sheet, but the Swede’s display against a team that hasn’t taken a single point throughout the Europa League campaign was still worrying, and he was replaced by Gamboa in the 66th minute.
Lustig looked slow and cumbersome against his opponent throughout, and would have done little to convince Rodgers that he can be a first-choice option beyond this season for a team that wants to make an impact in the Champions League.
Considering he turns 32 years of age in just a couple of weeks, the former Liverpool boss may feel that he needs to bring in a new right-back – and possibly even two – if Celtic are to continue to progress in the future.