Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s relaxed over the possibility of key defender Mikael Lustig missing the second leg of the Champions League play-off game against Malmo.
Lustig was carried off during Celtic’s 3-2 defeat earlier this week and while Bitton is hopeful that the player will be fit for the return leg, he’s not about to hit the panic button if he’s not.
“I hope he will be fine but if not we have plenty of players who can play in that position,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Mikael is a very important player for us but if he cannot make it then we have to deal with this.”
An opportunity for someone else
If Lustig doesn’t return, it means an opportunity for someone else to come into the team and transform his status at the football club.
Quite often squad and fringe players are restricted in terms of their chances until a player picks up an injury or suspension.
If Lustig is kept out for a period of time, the man coming in has to show Ronny Deila why he should be a consistent start across all competitions for the football club.
What Deila can’t do is take any risks with regards to Lustig’s injury, because he’s such an important player as Bitton suggests.
The manager can’t take a risky decision which may leave him out of action for an extended period of time, when the Celtic squad is as big and as strong as it has been for a number of years.