There is no doubt there is an immense amount of love for Mikael Lustig out there in the Celtic support.
The fan favourite has been adopted by the Celtic support as one of their own after showing the sort of passion you don’t usually see from a foreign player.
While Mikael has a place in our hearts, does he still have a permanent place in the team going forward? I’m not so sure.
His experience is invaluable but I have noticed a decline in his ability to do the fundamentals, getting caught high up the pitch and leaving Celtic open is becoming a more regular occurrence.
There is no doubt though, the Super Swede can handle domestic duty for the most part but is it time that Brendan Rodgers gradually brings Anthony Ralston into the fold. It doesn’t need to be immediate but giving Ralston the best possible chance to make the position his own by the end of the season should be something that the Irishman should be thinking about.
We seen Kieran Tierney come from the youth ranks to oust fan favourite Izzy, is it now the turn of Ralston to make Lustig obsolete or a backup option heading into next season and beyond.
For now, Lustig will be entrusted with Champions League duties in what may be his last major European campaign with Celtic. We hope he can play his part in the success of the team like he as done domestically since coming in.