Celtic captain Scott Brown has branded Mikael Lustig ‘phenomenal’, as he prepares to leave Parkhead after seven-and-a-half years.
The Swede is set to move on after failing to agree a new deal with the club, with The Daily Record reporting he will join Belgian side KAA Gent.
The 32-year-old has generally been in decline for the past couple of years, and most Hoops fans are ready to see him replaced long-term.
It’s been a trophy-laden stint for Lustig at Parkhead, and Brown has sung the former Rosenborg star’s praises.
He told BBC Sport: “Lustig has been phenomenal. The club and Mikael are still talking just now, so hopefully they can come to some sort of agreement.
“We all love him in the dressing-room. The fans love him as well. Last season was the best football that I’ve seen him play, he’s just kicked on, he’s still playing for Sweden, he’s still got that hunger in his belly that he wants to thrive and win more trophies.”
Celtic may still be talking to Lustig, but the right decision would be to move him on.
He has been a tremendous servant to the club, but the Hoops must think about the long-term rather than persist with someone who is in decline.
From Brown’s comments, it is clear that Lustig is a top professional, and whoever eventually replaces him will have big shoes to fill.