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Mikael Lustig is a favourite among the Celtic support. His passion and ability to read the game has won him many admirers at Celtic Park. That’s why it was a big blow for the club when Mikael had to finally go under the knife for Hip surgery.

Mikael admits to finding his rehabilitation difficult and how not being involved in the squad on a daily basis had an impact on him.

“You come to the training ground and see the boys but they then go one way and you go the other.” He said.

“The first couple of weeks were okay but then it got tough. You are sitting on a bike and see the boys through the window of the gym out on the field having fun.”

The Swedish international has been lucky enough not to be our for a long period of time in his career before now. Only having little niggles here and there that kept him out for weeks rather than months.

Being on the side-lines has gave the defender time to reflect.

“Sitting on that bike every day you realise what you have as a player at a club such as Celtic.

“You don’t think about it when everything is fine. You just push on. But when you sit back and reflect on what you are doing for your life it gives such a great feeling.”

Mikael finally got back on the training ground this week for some light work and is now targeting game time before the end of the season.

“The next goal is to join up with the boys for full training in April. I can’t wait! I think we will be champions by the time I get back but I just want to get the jersey on again.

“April 19 will represent the 4-month mark so I will look at that and then being 100% fit for next season.”

Darnell Fisher has deputised in the right back role with Lustig and Matthews being out. All three men will have to up their game to get a spot in the team. Competition for places can only improve the side.

We wish Mikael all the best with his recovery.

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