Mikael Lustig needs to up his game to justify Celtic future

Speaking to official club outlet the Celtic View, Hoops defender Mikael Lustig has stated his desire to remain at the club for a number of years, possibly to 2021 in an effort to secure a Scottish record of 10 league titles in a row.

What’s the story?

The Swedish international has come under criticism from Celtic supporters in recent weeks and months for lacklustre form, not once performing at right-back as he once did.

The player himself though is targeting many more years at Celtic Park. Having two years left on his current contract, he wants to stay even longer, targeting a historic goal before he eventually departs.

Speaking to the Celtic View, Lustig said:

I have two more seasons before my contract expires so we’ll see what happens but, of course, I want to stay at Celtic for as long as possible.

We never think too far ahead, we take things game by game and season by season, but I’d love to be here if Celtic get 10-in-a-row.

While his ambitions are admirable, does the 31-year-old have what it takes to remain at the club until then?

Is he now replaceable?

There’s no doubting that Lustig has had a magnificent Hoops career. He’s won 11 major honours with the Hoops and has been present for every one of their six league titles in a row. The emotional argument weighs heavily in favour of him remaining at the club if they are to go on and secure ’10-in-a-row’.

However, it’s also undeniable that he has regressed in terms of ability this season with his pace taking a major hit and his positioning suffering as a result. He’s also not getting forward on the right flank as much as he used to.

The right-back slot should be a priority for Celtic this summer and if they can find a first-team replacement for the player, it could bring an early end to Lustig’s fairytale record breaking dream.