Glasgow Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon has confessed that Mikael Lustig may have played his final game for the club during the Hoops’ 2-1 Scottish Cup final win against Hearts this weekend.
Lustig, who has won eight consecutive Scottish Premier League titles with the Bhoys, was a key player for the club once again this season. He went on to make 27 league appearances for the club, scoring two goals and recording six assists.
At 32-years-old, Lustig has seen it all with Celtic. He is however still on top of his game and may be fancying one last big challenge before he enters the latter phase of his career.
Celtic will have a one-year extension option on Lustig’s contract but it looks unlikely that they will stand in his way if he chooses to leave. Malmo and AIK in the player’s native Sweden are interested in signing him, according to a report published by The Sun.
After Celtic lifted the Scottish Cup, Lustig was seen in an emotional state as the club celebrated. This could just be a sign that he will be leaving the club.
Should the 75-times capped Sweden international choose to depart Celtic Park this summer, Hoops fans cannot really fault him. He has contributed a lot to the club over the years and it is easy to see why he may be tempted to return to his homeland at this stage and wind down his career.
When asked if Lustig’s time with Celtic has come to an end, Lennon said: “I hope not. It could be, he was very emotional at the end.
“But I’d love him to stay. He’s done the full eight with three trebles as well.
“He couldn’t have done any more. He’s a brilliant player.”