Swedish Publication Sports Bladet have conducted an interview with Celtic defender (or should we say former Celtic defender) Mikael Lustig while he has been on international duty.
Lustig is now out of contact and is free to sign for any club he wishes. Celtic did not pick up the extra year on his contract and were seemingly in negotiations to work out a new deal.
Going by what has been said in the interview with Sports Baldet, nothing looks clear and it heavily leans to the notion Lustig’s time at Celtic has come to an end.
Here are some snippets from the interview with loose translation.
Are you disappointed with the club?
– The club for me is the fans – and the players who do the job and the leaders around. There I have nothing but good to say.
Disappointed at the club management?
– No comments.
You don’t stay at Celtic?
– You should never say never. I love that club and never thought I would feel such a love for a club. So I will never close that door.
But then they have to replace the club management first?
– Absolutely not. The only thing I said was that it could be handled differently; what has happened and what has been said.
Lustig has previously confirmed AIK’s interest in him. Now he does the same with Malmö FF.
– I know about Malmö’s interest.
If you want to read between the lines here, it appears the Club hierarchy have messed the player about.
Lustig says he has no problem with the coaching staff and that’s not an issue, he has no problems with the player or the fans and deeply loves the club.
However, he believes things could have been handled a lot differently. Surely this can only be interpreted as the boss wanted him to stick around and Peter Lawwell has not played ball.
Is this shades of the Jackie McNamara move from the club when Lawwell took the former Celtic captain’s loyalty for granted.
Right now, we have only one side of the debate and he doesn’t rule out a late deal but Lustig is speaking like a man who believes his time at Celtic is over.