Mikael Lustig’s best moments as Celtic star heads for exit

Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig is set to bid farewell to the club after reports that’s he’s set to sign Belgian side Gent.

The defender has taken Celtic to his heart over this past seven and a half years and, with eight league titles, four Scottish Cups and four League Cups, leaves as one of our most decorated players.

Lustig had hoped to be at the club as it bid to follow in the footsteps of the Lisbon Lions with a famous 9-in-a-row, but his departure now seems certain.

Here’s some of the Swede’s best moments in the hoops.

With Celtic running riot at Tynecastle, Lustig piled on the agony with a 25-yard rocket into the top corner for the fifth in the 7-0 win.

His rabona flick at MacDiarmid park was a stunning contribution to one of the best Celtic team goals in recent memory, with everything coming off to perfection as Celtic tore through St Johnstone like a hot knife through butter.

Lustig is a man who likes a hat. During Celtic’s 5-1 route over Mark Warburton’s Rangers side at Parkhead in the first derby clash of 2016//17, Lustig celebrated a goal with a burst beach ball on his head.

Unfortunately, there are no decent pictures of the moment, just a grainy TV still which shows him running by the discombobulated Joey Barton.

At the end of the same season, Lustig would score the goal that secured a record win for Celtic at Ibrox, netting the final goal in a 5-1 rout.

Lustig ran towards an ecstatic Broomloan stand with his jersey over his head, a wraith to the haunted Ibrox fans who still remained in the ground watching another horror show.

Lustig rubbed salt in the wound later by saying Celtic could have hit double figures.

The madcap Swede enjoyed bamming up the opposition and was always there to defend the colours.

Again, against Rangers, Lustig is in the thick of things as Rangers lose the plot following another defeat, having already had Morelos sent off and Ryan Kent lucky to escape a booking with his jab at Scott Brown.

Andy Halliday was the next to see the red mist descend at the final whistle, making for Scott Brown. Lustig was right in the mix to defend his captain. Later, he was pictured nonchalantly taking in the post-match scene with his shirt hanging off him.

Lustig… not bothered!

Remember the time he let Jamie Murphy know he had him in his pocket?

Back to the action and who doesn’t love a diving header?

Fellow Swede Henrik Larsson scored a few belters, including an amazing one for Sweden. But Lustig’s goal against Motherwell, after being instrumental in a swashbuckling Celtic move from one end of the pitch to the other, is up there.

Lustig was a great leader on the pitch and his influence would be felt right up to the end of this historic season.

Another diving header, this time at a rainy Pittodie five minutes before the break, would give us the impetus needed to go on and seal his and our eighth title in a row.

And what a header to put Odsonne Edouard through on goal in what looks like being his last appearance in his beloved hoops.

Last but not least is his celebration of James Forrest’s first-ever goal against Rangers, when he nabbed a policeman’s hat and stuck it on his head amid scenes of utter bedlam.

It’s looks as if PC Lustig is heading for a new beat. Aside from being a solid pro who gave his all for the jersey, Celtic fans will bid farewell to a great character who came to love the club, the latest Swede to give us seven magnificent years. He’ll be missed.

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