Celtic’s stand-in captain Mikael Lustig has joked that he wants Scott Brown back from injury as he is running out of things to say to inspire the team to victories.
In an interview with the club’s magazine, The Celtic View, Lustig described how it has felt to have stood in for the Scottish international since he suffered a knee injury at the end of November:
It’s an honour to be captain but, it doesn’t matter if you are captain or not, I’m one of the oldest guys in the team now and have been around the game for a while so it’s natural for me to try and be a leader.
I’m quite vocal. I try to help my team-mates as much as possible. Sometimes it’s harder if you have a bad start to the game and you need to focus on your own game before you start to coach the other guys but I’m quite loud. I have always been a guy that likes to talk.
It’s just getting harder and harder for every game as you want to say something different – so hopefully Broony is back soon!
However, whatever Lustig has been saying to the team, it must be working, as the team have taken five consecutive wins in all competitions since the start of 2016.
The Swedish international has been integral to the team this season, recently scoring and helping the team demolish Hamilton 8-1 at Celtic Park.
Lustig would also be expected to have a strong end to the season as he looks forward to playing for his country in Euro 2016 in the summer.
The first-choice right back will lead out the team at Hampden Park in their League Cup semi-final against Ross County at the weekend, where his experience will be crucial in their quest for their first trophy of the season.