TALK­ING CELTIC

Evening Times - - SPORT - By SCOTT MULLEN

AS the great John Len­non and Paul McCart­ney once sang ... money can’t buy you love.

It was a sen­ti­ment echoed by Celtic de­fender Mikael Lustig as he of­fered a word of ad­vice to the most ex­pen­sive player in the world – and the most hated one in Glas­gow.

The £200 mil­lion su­per­star was the pan­tomime vil­lain at Celtic Park on Tues­day dur­ing PSG’s 5-0 Cham­pi­ons League thrash­ing. Af­ter be­ing booed through­out the game as well as treat­ing the crowd to his usual the­atrics, he capped his goalscor­ing night by re­fus­ing to shake the hand of An­thony Ral­ston, the 18-year-old Euro­pean debu­tant he ran ragged for 90 min­utes.

While some of his play was a foot­balling master­class, the man who moved out of Lionel Messi’s shadow at Barcelona and into the Parisian spot­light of the sum­mer still di­vides opin­ion over those who adore his tal­ent but take is­sue with other facets of his game.

And Lustig, who has gone up against the Brazil­ian more than once dur­ing his time at Celtic, gave his own thoughts about what Ney­mar should be do­ing if he wants to be uni­ver­sally loved.

“It was the same as usual from Ney­mar. He is an un­be­liev­able foot­baller but we have seen the other stuff be­fore and we will see it again,” said the Swede. “I have said be­fore that it’s part of his game.

“He tries to over-re­act a bit to make the de­fender step off. We are go­ing to see it again. He’s up there with the best al­ready – he’s so sharp and is an amaz­ing foot­baller.

“But if he wants to be liked as much as Messi, maybe he needs to stop that.”

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“Ney­mar is prob­a­bly the tough­est op­po­nent in the world right now but Tony did well,” said Lustig of young Ral­ston’s per­for­mance at right-back.

“If you spend a lot of money, it is no shock that you will have a team like that. But we were poor in the first half. We didn’t look like our­selves.

“In the sec­ond half we were a bit bet­ter but they are on a dif- fer­ent level. Is it im­pos­si­ble to bridge that gap?

“You need to have a bit of luck with the chances you get. You need to keep a clean sheet for as long as pos­si­ble too but I don’t know.

“It was hard. They are prob­a­bly up there with the very best teams I have faced in my ca­reer. We knew we were up against a very good side. They have world­class play­ers in ev­ery po­si­tion.

“They are prob­a­bly bet­ter than Barcelona last year. They have no weak links. Ev­ery sin­gle player is un­be­liev­able on the ball. We prob­a­bly cre­ated a few more chances against them than we did against Barcelona – but they are an amaz­ing team.”

IT SAYS a lot about how the night un­folded that ask­ing Lustig to talk us through his own goal was a fair bit down the list of ques­tions when he braved the press pack af­ter this 5-0 rout.

“There was noth­ing I could do. It hit Craig’s hand and went

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