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LUSTIG POISED TO SIGN, LENNON HAILS CELTIC

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MIKAEL LUSTIG will commit his future to Celtic this week by signing a long-term extension.

The 30-year-old Swedish defender, who joined the champions from Rosenborg in 2012, is out of contract in June.
Brendan Rodgers wants to keep the right-back and said: “I think he wants to stay. It’s probably his last major contract and when you get to that age, you want to make sure everything is right. It has to be right for you.

“He wants to be here and he knows I want him here. It’s relaxed, there’s no drama.unspecified

“He’s an important player for us, one of the pillars of the group. In any squad, there are four or five players and he’s definitely one.

“He’s a great character and his commitment to training is fantastic. He’s a fun guy, but he knows when to focus and he’s up for every single game. He’s been excellent since I came in.”

Meanwhile, former Hoops boss Neil Lennon has backed Celtic to go through the domestic season undefeated this term.

The team have dropped just two points so far, a blip that came against Inverness Caley Thistle with a 2-2 draw in the Highlands.

Lennon was part of the playing side under Martin O’Neill that set a record of winning 25 league games in succession in season 2003/04 and he believes the current side are capable of eclipsing that statistic.

Rodgers side have currently gone 24 games unbeaten so far and have won their last 15 league games.

They are within three matches of equalling the club’s ‘Lisbon Lions’ class of 1966/67 that went 26 domestic matches unbeaten at the start of the season and Lennon believes there is little evidence that anyone can live with the Hoops in the top flight.

He said: “Anything that anyone throws at them domestically they seem to be able to handle no problem.

“It is a very difficult thing to do, but you would have to honest just now and say that it doesn’t look beyond them because not many teams can live with them.

“Brendan has so many different ways of playing and the movement and the verve and the goals they are scoring I think has made them pretty fantastic to watch.”

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