Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has stated he will find out this week whether he’s done enough to earn a new contract at the Hoops, as reported by The Daily Record.
The Swedish international’s current deal expires at the end of the season but he has been in discussions about staying beyond that.
With the 32-year-old also attracting interest from his homeland, he isn’t lacking for options but certainly sounds like he’d prefer to stay in Glasgow.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said of his future this weekend:
I will get a decision regarding the future next week.
It has been hard for some time now when I do not know about the future. I have been here [Celtic] for seven years and me and my family enjoy it.
They [AIK Stockholm] know well about my situation, but we have not spoken about any contract.
I mean, I have been quite open that I might want to finish my career in Sweden. Clearly I think about it, but I have a lot to do.
Lustig has been a much criticised player over the last 18 months after a drop in performance levels but recently his reputation has rebounded.
The arrival of Jeremy Toljan from Borussia Dortmund gave plenty of fans a reality check when it comes to the future of the right-back position and it’s become clear that the Swede is not the worst option, at least as back-up.
A leader and a committed performer, we could do a lot worse than retaining the long-serving and successful player.