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Deila paints a clear picture over Lustig's status at Celtic

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained why Mikael Lustig is important for the side's backline.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels Mikael Lustig will be ready to come back into the team next season.

Lustig has struggled for regular game time over the past ten months due to injury, but Deila has painted a very clear picture over how he views the Swedish defender moving forward.

“We are in a good place going forward - Mikael Lustig should also be ready to come back into the team,” he said.

“Mikael is an experienced player and he is another player who is a leader. He is good in the air and he is a very good football player so it definitely makes the squad stronger.”

The standards have been set under Ronny Deila and the team is going to be under pressure to match the sort of impact the side showed as they won a double in the Norwegian’s first season at the club.

There are likely to be players leaving the club and new players arriving in the summer transfer market, which will make key experienced figures such as Lustig more significant.

Lustig is someone coming back into the team with a point to prove and he’s someone who will definitely be looking to help the side move forward.

He will soften the impact if someone like Virgil van Dijk leaves the club’s defence and he will also be important in terms of taking some of the pressure away from Scott Brown.

Hopefully he can back up what the manager sees in him and keep himself fit over the summer so he’s ready to get his teeth stuck into pre-season.

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