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Report: Mikael Lustig set to leave Celtic for Belgian outfit Gent

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Report: Mikael Lustig set to leave Celtic for Belgian outfit Gent

The 32-year-old appears to have been deemed surplus by the Hoops manager.

Mikael Lustig is set to end a seven-year association with Celtic and pen a contract with Belgian outfit Gent, according to the Daily Record.

The 32-year-old is due in Belgium today to undergo a medical after he wasn’t offered a new deal by Hoops boss Neil Lennon.

Lustig has enjoyed a trophy-laden time of things at Celtic Park. He has been a mainstay in the team during a successful period; playing 276 games for the Hoops.

 

The right-back has played 75 times for Sweden and will leave Celtic with a massive void to fill ahead of the 2019/20 campaign getting underway.

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It was actually Lennon who signed Lustig seven years ago, taking him on a free transfer from Rosenborg, where he spent four years.

TBR Verdict

Lustig’s departure represents a blow for Celtic.

It had been anticipated that he may be offered a short-term deal, especially given the squad’s lack of depth at right-back.

Lennon’s need for a right-sided defender will now be intensified and there must be some irons in the fire ahead of the new season.

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Celtic must ensure they get their transfer business right this summer and this doesn’t look like a great move by the Hoops’ boss.

Lustig is more than capable of still doing a job for the club and another deal would have been a sensible move.

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