Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig has been offered a new two-year contract by the club, according to the latest reports.
The Swedish international’s current deal was set to expire this summer, but it appears the Hoops have had a change of heart about letting him leave.
Supporters on Twitter are far from convinced that Lustig is deserving of a new contract:
These guys literally have no clue, Lustig has been finished for about 4 years
— Andy Gorman (@andygorman94) June 5, 2019
A good back up option, squad player, but we need a new first choice right back.
— Gary H (@Garyham67) June 5, 2019
Great squad player, important man in the dressing room, let's get a top class replacement and move onto the ten that Mikel deserves to be here for 🍀👍
— FilmMechanics (@filmmechanics) June 5, 2019
lustigs legs went 2 year ago
What is Lennon actually doing 😨😨😨
— RicardoMonteglin (@rickysproule74) June 5, 2019
Nobody deserves a contract based on sentiment, it should only ever be because of an ability to improve the team.
— humphrey littlejohn (@vinsquat67) June 5, 2019
Sentiment has NO place in player recruitment imo.
— Metafizical Amorfus 🏴 🇪🇺🤝45%? (@jakeybhoy58) June 5, 2019
Lunacy. One year deal as back up to a new right back should be the absolute maximum for him
— James Stevenson 🍀 (@James6Stevenson) June 5, 2019
We are going backwards, need a fresh rb now.
— Sean (@Sean_Celtic00) June 5, 2019
Good option especially to pass on his knowledge and experience to the younger players. Not like we have an abundance of players who have played at as many world cups and euros has he has. Lennon just needs to decide is Ralston his replacement or we need to sign someone.
— Brian Hallett (@brian2208) June 5, 2019
Very happy, a true Celtic man, loves the club and the team, won't be a starter but grwat back up
— Seamus Mac Gabhainn (@JamesSm87229531) June 5, 2019
At 32 years of age, offering Lustig a two-year extension does seem to be a questionable decision. The veteran has been a great servant for the club but he hardly performed at his best last season.
There is a good argument to be made that he could be a decent backup option, especially with the club lacking numbers on the right-hand side of defence.
Still, the Bhoys may have been better served bringing in a young player to play second fiddle and gain experience behind the new first-choice right-back next season.