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‘Will Be Difficult To Find A Quality Replacement’ ‘Absolute Gem’ Fans Pay Tribute As Celtic Star Hints At Potential Departure

Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig has hinted he may not sign a new contract with the Hoops.

There had been reports that the Scottish champions had offered a new two-year deal to the 32-year-old, but speaking whilst on international duty, the Swedish defender said he was disappointed with how the club have handled his future:

“The last few weeks have been tough. Not on the field, but off the pitch. 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. 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.”

Lustig’s current contract expires at the end of this month, and it could be the case that the fullback has played his final game for Celtic after a seven and a half year stay at Parkhead.

Supporters on Twitter paid tribute to the veteran:

Many fans believe that Lustig’s time with the club is up, but it does look like things could have been handled better if his departure is confirmed.

The Swedish international will not be able to say farewell to Hoops supporters like many other long-time servants of the club, and that doesn’t sit well with many in the fanbase.