Mikael Lustig is fighting for his Celtic future in the second half of the season, admitting he would love to stay at the Hoops despite his expiring contract.
The Swedish international’s current deal is up in the summer and with many fans calling for a new signing to be made in the right-back position, his future at Celtic Park is very much in doubt.
He is determined to fight for his Hoops future, but admits it is not in his hands, with the club yet to make a decision on whether take up an option on a further year.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the 32-year-old said of his future:
I have a contract with Celtic and hope to extend here. The ball lies with them. If they want me to continue, I will stay here.
We might have another option to go abroad. But I hope to stay at Celtic. If I don’t, I’m sure I will find something that I will enjoy.
The important thing is that it should be good for the family and also for football.
He doesn’t exactly sound confident of staying beyond this season and that might be the best for all concerned considering his drop in ability over the last 18 months.
Some of the criticism sent his way has been unfair but there is no doubt he isn’t quite the player he once was and needs serious competition in the right-back position.
The club have been on the hunt for a new right-back, linked with a number of them over the last two transfer windows, so it appears that Brendan Rodgers agrees.
When he does leave it will be something of an emotional exit considering his contribution to our success over the last few years and his status as a fan favourite.