MIKAEL LUSTIG is a man on a double mission when Celtic take on Aberdeen in the Betfred League Cup Final at Hampden on Sunday.
The Swedish defender wants the Hoops to put down a marker by lifting the first piece of silverware on offer this season.
AND he wants the team to prove they are progressing on all fronts.
Lustig said: “It is important for us because we are looking towards a treble, but the most important thing just now is for the club to feel as though they are going forward and we think we are.
“Aberdeen play really simple football and they are really tough to beat, but we are up for it.
“I think it will be a difficult game. But it is exciting. It is a chance for us to win a trophy and enjoy it and that is what we are, hopefully, going to do.
“I think we have had a good start to the season. We are disappointed with going out of the Champions League, but we are moving forward – everyone can see that.
“It would be nice for the manager now to get his hands on a trophy as Celtic boss ”
Lustig admitted he has been encouraged with the progress the club have made under the Irishman’s guidance.
He added: “It is going to take time – especially in Europe. We have struggled in some of the games, but it feels like we are going in the right direction and the more we can work him, the better.
“We struggled a little bit in the beginning defensively. There have been a lot of changes, but recently we have done well.
“The back unit is looking solid, especially domestically. We have worked hard and you can see that there we look like a better team.”