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Mikael Lustig: Contract situation could have been handled differently


After seven-and-a-half years at Celtic, Mikael Lustig’s time at Celtic Park appears to be coming to an end after a cryptic interview.

“The last few weeks have been tough. Not on the field, but off the pitch,” Lustig admitted to Swedish media.

“I am proud of how I have handled the situation and those closest to me, the players and the leaders at Celtic know what has happened.

“It could have been handled differently, in terms of what has been said and what happened.”

Lustig is set to make a decision on his future this week and on Tuesday, the 32-year-old posted what many assume to be a farewell video on Instagram.

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However, the right-back refused to completely shut the door on a possible extension.

“You should never say never. I love Celtic and never thought I would feel such a connection to a club.

“I would never close that door. For me, that club is the fans and the job the players do for them. I have nothing but good things to say about Celtic.

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“I know about Malmo’s interest but I would also consider going further afield.

“Today it is not only Europe where you can play. I have national team-mates who have moved to the United States, the Middle East, and Australia.”

In 276 games with the club, Lustig contributed a total of 21 goals and 40 assists as he helped Celtic win a total of 16 trophies.