Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has told the Daily Record that he feels the faith shown to him by the club’s manager Ronny Deila has made him extra determined.
The Swede has struggled over the last couple of seasons in terms of injuries, which have prevented him from being able to nail down a position in the Bhoys backline.
He’s admitted that at times it’s been a difficult thing to deal with mentally, but he appears ready to push for a place looking ahead to the next campaign.
“Sometimes you feel as though you are being denied some of your career through bad luck,” he said.
“I feel the gaffer has faith in me and obviously he wants me fit, so that makes me determined.”
“I’m going to take some time off but I know I’m a long way from my physical limit and I’ll have to work harder than the other guys. The lads who have played all season need to relax for three or four weeks but I can’t do that.”
Lustig could quickly find himself becoming an even more important part of Deila’s squad than he already is.
With Jason Denayer heading back to Manchester City and the possibility of Virgil van Dijk leaving in the summer transfer market, Lustig is someone who could be very important to the Norwegian.
He plays in a different position, but he’s similar in terms of what he offers in leadership and authority across the backline.
He’s someone that Deila will be keeping a close eye on over the summer and hopefully he won’t suffer any further setbacks.
If he stays sensible and shows determination over the summer, there’s no reason why he can’t be part of the side which looks to better the double which has just been won next year.