Date: 22nd May 2013 at 4:56pm
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Celtic defender Mikael Lustig believes fatigue could be their greatest enemy in the Scottish Cup final meeting with Hibernian on Sunday.

“We know there is a lot of games involved and you have to try and be alert in your head” – Mikael Lustig

The showpiece occasion marks a 59th game this season for the Scottish champions, who also made the last sixteen of the Champions League until eventually going out of the competition to Juventus.

“Is there a sense of tiredness to the squad? Yeah, I think so,” Lustig admitted to BBC Scotland. “Playing 50 games is a lot. It will be the same next year. Hopefully we are going to play in Europe again. We know there is a lot of games involved and you have to try and be alert in your head.”

The Swedish international full-back could actually earn time off this weekend as he is challenged by the returning Adam Matthews for a starting role at Hampden Park.

“I’m not guaranteed a start. We will see what happens with Adam first, to see if he is going to be fit or not,” he continued. “Maybe I’ll play or not, maybe I’ll be at right-back or centre-half, I don’t know. I’m just hoping that I will play.”

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