Mik re­veals he wants to re­tire a Celt

Evening Times - - SPORT - By MARK WALKER

MIKAEL LUSTIG has re­vealed he wants to end his ca­reer at Celtic.

The 30-year-old Swe­den star is pre­par­ing for the vi­tal World Cup play-off sec­ond leg in Italy. He was sus­pended for the first leg, which the Swedes won 1-0.

Lustig will have spent six years at Park­head at the turn of the new year af­ter join­ing from Rosen­borg and has won six ti­tles, two Scot­tish Cups and two League Cups in a tro­phy-laden spell in Scot­land.

In the past, Lustig has said he would like to fin­ish his ca­reer in his home­land – he left Sundsvall nine years ago.

But Lustig, who is un­der con­tract un­til May 2019, says he’s so happy un­der Bren­dan Rodgers that he would be de­lighted to stay with the Hoops un­til he hangs up his boots.

He said: “When you play pro­fes­sional foot­ball, you be­gin to un­der­stand how tough it is to get there. I am very pleased with how far I have come.

“In the past, I have al­ways said I want to come back to Swe­den, but the more I’m abroad and the more I play for Celtic, the more I think of fin­ish­ing my ca­reer here.

“We are so happy here. Af­ter six years here I love the club, my fam­ily thrives and it is it work­ing well with schools for our daugh­ters.

“It would take a lot for me to leave Celtic.

“We haven’t lost a match in Scot­land for a long time and have bro­ken records. It’s hard to beat that.

“Bren­dan Rodgers is a great coach for me. Cer­tainly the best I had. He knows ex­actly what he wants.

“I have pro­gressed so much un­der him. I’ve found a new way to play. I’ve gone from be­ing an at­tack­ing full back to a more de­fen­sively im­por­tant player.”

Lustig has been at Celtic for six years

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