Celtic manager Neil Lennon has praised Mikael Lustig after he brought an end to a highly-decorated career in Glasgow, Sky Sports News reports.
Lennon signed Lustig for Celtic back in 2012. And the Sweden international has since gone on to earn 273 appearances, score 21 goals and win eight league titles in a row.
He also won eight domestic cups and competed in the Champions League. But after seven-and-a-half years of loyal service, Lustig is leaving.
The 32-year-old’s form has dipped in the past couple of seasons and he will be allowed to end his playing days elsewhere. Upon his departure, Lennon has paid tribute to Lustig.
Lennon said (via Sky Sports): “I wish Mika nothing but success for the future, he has been a brilliant servant to the club and has made a massive contribution to everything we have achieved across so many years.
“It has been a privilege to work with Mika. A top international player, he always gave everything for the team, he gave his heart and soul to every performance and I loved having him on my side.”
It was the right time for Celtic and Lustig to part ways. Bhoys fans will remember the popular Swede fondly for some fantastic performances from right-back and centre-back.
But now is the time to look forward and find a new full-back. Lustig will go down as one of the greats in a special era of Celtic football.