Lustig look­ing for one more sea­son at Celtic

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MIKAEL Lustig hopes to spend one more sea­son with Celtic be­fore re­turn­ing home to Swe­den.

There is a clause in the right-back’s con­tract which if ac­ti­vated would al­low him to stay for an­other

1 2 months in Glas­gow.

The 32-yearold joined the club seven years ago and with 14 win­ners’ medals is the most dec­o­rated over­seas player in the his­tory of Celtic.

Lustig, who is vice-cap­tain, was signed on a free by Neil Len­non and given his ser­vice and con­sis­tency, there have been few play­ers in re­cent years to have given so much value to the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons.

Lustig was linked with AIK but he said: “I have a con­tract with Celtic and hope to ex­tend this. The ball is with them. If they want me to con­tinue, then I’ll stay here. If noth­ing hap­pens, then we’ll see. Noth­ing is clear that we should move back [to Swe­den], so then it might as well be some­thing else abroad.

“I’m sure I’ll find some­thing where I feel com­fort­able. The im­por­tant thing is that it will be good for the fam­ily and also in terms of foot­ball. But I hope to re­main in Celtic.” The Swede ad­mit­ted the gap be­tween his own team and Ranger is the clos­est it has ever been dur­ing all his years in Scot­land.

How­ever, he re­mains con­fi­dent that if he is still a Celtic player then next sea­son his team will be go­ing for a record-equalling nine in a row.

Lustig said: “Rangers have made many sign­ings and spent a lot of money. We and they have not been on quite the same level for a long time, if you look back.

“But you see what they achieved in re­cent times as the sec­ond-placed team in the league and it has started ev­ery­one talk­ing a lit­tle bit about them.

“We feel like num­ber one still and we feel very con­fi­dent. We lead the league still and hope to take an­other ti­tle.”

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