Celtic full-back Mikael Lustig says he will find out this week whether he will be offered a new contract to stay at Parkhead.
The Swedish international has been at the Scottish champions for almost seven years, but his current deal expires in June.
Lustig has been linked with a return to his homeland with AIK Solna and the defender says he has been in contact with the Swedish club:
“Has there been contact from AIK? Absolutely. They know about my situation We have not spoken about any contract but then I don’t really know how the rules are.”
“I have been quite open that I might want to finish my career in Sweden. Clearly, I think about it, but I have a lot to do. I will find out more this week.”
Fans on Twitter are calling on the club to give the 32-year-old a contract extension:
Deserves to be here for the 10 even as a backup RB
— GM28 (@67HolyGrd) 24 March 2019
I would be happy to keep ML at park head, but I wouldn’t want him as number 1 right back.
— Paul McWilliams♂️ (@jockdj83) 24 March 2019
Give him another year but as a back up.
— Joe Dabernig (@JoeDabernig) 24 March 2019
Give him 1 year and tell him that’s that. If he doesn’t accept it he’ll be free to go elsewhere. We need to plan for the next 4 to 5 yrs and Lustig isn’t the future. I do love him a lot though.
— no thank you (@godsavesean) 24 March 2019
Keep him a year. He’s a dependable defender with plenty of experience, and we’re losing enough players in the summer.
— Bhoysean (@Bhoysean1) 24 March 2019
Stick him at CB instead of RB
— Adam O’Brian (@AOBrian95) 24 March 2019
Others are not so sure:
I love him but he is well past it. Gotta be 2nd choice if he stays.
— Скот??????? (@ScottC137) 24 March 2019
Been a good servant to the club but it’s time to go. The guys on £24 grand a week. His performances don’t justify a wage even halfway to that value.
— Scott Fulton (@MrCrowleyoto) 24 March 2019
He’s done his best already.
Send him on his way now with our gratitude.
— G (@GJS2010) 24 March 2019
Lustig has been a fine servant for the club, having played both as a right-back and as a centre-back during his time in Scotland.
He has played 36 matches this season, but he has been used more sparingly in the second half of the campaign, following the arrival of Jeremy Toljan on loan from Borussia Dortmund in January.
Interim boss Neil Lennon did start him at centre-half in the 1-0 win over Dundee last time out, but his future will likely be decided by the Celtic board.