Celtic’s Mikael Lustig was hailed by Sweden boss Janne Andersson after their progression into the World Cup playoffs, as per a report in Sydsvenskan.
The right-back played a crucial role in the Swedes qualification defensively, and he also scored three goals during the campaign, including a header in their 8-0 victory over Luxembourg before being replaced by Sebastian Larsson.
Andersson was delighted with his side’s performances to date in World Cup qualifying, and he singled out Lustig in his quotes.
I worked with the national team several years ago, and then you start working closer to the players and one of those who I feel contributes in every way is Micke (Lustig), both as a player and a guy.
Lustig is a big character, plays a crucial role for club and country, and his efforts have been rewarded with his successes.
As if playing a part in Celtic’s second ever Champions League group stage away win under two weeks ago was not enough, he was straight down to business internationally, and now he is in with a great chance of competing in next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Everyone at Celtic is backing the 30-year-old to get there, although the downsides are that he would miss the beginning of The Hoops’ Champions League qualifiers, and there is the risk that he would return to Glasgow injured.
It will be interesting to see how Sweden’s playoff matches go, and the Celtic fans will look forward to the prospect of Lustig featuring against Dundee on Saturday.