Mikael Lustig has admitted, in comments reported by the Daily Record, that there is a massive difference between what he is experiencing at Gent and what life was like at Celtic.
Lustig left Parkhead in the summer after more than seven years with the Hoops. In that time, he won eight Scottish Premiership titles, and eight domestic cups.
The Swede did not escape criticism during his Celtic spell however. He seemed to struggle in his final couple of years with the club.
And following his switch to Gent, he explained how difficult it could be to be a Celtic player when the team had not lived up to expectations.
“Celtic are an extremely large club and it means an awful lot to people in Glasgow. Life in Ghent is different,” he said, as reported by the Daily Record. “Of course the people care there, but it’s not like people know who I am in if I go into town. So there is a massive difference.
“It’s nice to escape that side of things. I lived under that pressure for eight years. I did like it at certain times, but it’s not nice to know that if we lose then you can’t go an eat in a restaurant for the next three weeks.”
Lustig was at Celtic during one of their most successful periods when you consider the amount of trophies they won. They ended every season he spent with the club with a league title. And they have won a domestic treble three years in a row.
With that, the expectations rise. With Celtic so dominant domestically, the fans, understandably, want to see more success in Europe, for example. And unfortunately, Celtic have not delivered on that stage for some time.
Nevertheless, there is no question that Lustig’s spell with the Bhoys was an overwhelming successful one.