CELTIC defender Mikael Lustig admits he is living the dream on the club and country front.

The Swedish right-back has just completed a historic back-to-back treble campaign with Brendan Rodgers’ champions.

Lustig, who represented his nation in the 2012 and 2016 European Championships, is now preparing to take to the international pinnacle in Russia in the summer.

The 31-year-old celebrated his latest Hampden success with one of his countryman, Swedish Football Federation president Karl-Erik Nilsson, who was one of the visiting dignitaries at the game.

Lustig said: “It’s the only time I am going to have a chance to go to the World Cup and play for my country. It doesn’t get bigger than that.

“I feel ready to go, absolutely. I have a couple of weeks between now and the first game so it should be no problem. I spoke to Karl-Erik for a bit on Friday and he said he was going to be here, so it was really nice to see him.”

Reflecting on the season that brought him his seventh successive Hoops title, he remarked: “When you have teams who always win – like Barcelona and Spain did for a while – everyone wants to beat you. Of course, they are going to try and find a way to do it.

“That’s the challenge. Every year, teams want to beat you, but we are quite confident that if our game plan doesn’t work in a match than we always have a Plan B or a Plan C to try and get there.

“This season we have lost some points. But in the main games we have always turned up and proved to everyone that we are still hungry.

“There are areas where we can try and get better. We don’t want to drop sloppy points, especially at home. So, for sure, we can still get better.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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