Celtic's Mikael Lustig talks possible positional change and Adam Matthews' exit

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The Celtic player has been speaking ahead of the club's first Champions League qualifying tie.

Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig has been speaking in a press conference with his comments later published on the Bhoys’ official Twitter account.

The Swedish international has made 90 first-team appearances for Celtic to date but he was blighted by injury last season and featured just 16 times in all competitions.

Much of that time was spent playing in Celtic’s previous set of Champions League qualifiers and Ronny Deila’s side are about to embark on another set of ties that will ultimately define their campaign.

Now fit and ready for the new campaign, Lustig revealed that he would be happy to switch positions if Deila needed him to, and briefly mentioned the now-departed Adam Matthews, who signed for Sunderland earlier this summer.

“When I was younger I was a striker but when you get older your body doesn’t want to run that much,” the Celtic defender said. “I can play things like centre-half; I’d be comfortable moving to that position.

“Right now I’m a right-back but if the gaffer needs me as a centre-back I’ll do it.”

Lustig no longer has Matthews to compete with for a starting spot but he hopes things are not easy in that regard next season.

“Hopefully there will be competition for places,” he added, “Adam Matthews and I did well together but the main thing is for me to stay fit.”

If he can do that he will be vital for Celtic as they look to not only qualify for the group stages of the Champions League but also defend the league and cup double they secured in fine style last season.

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