In a Q&A session with the official Celtic Twitter account, Mikael Lustig has named the best players he has ever appearance alongside, with three current Southampton stars making the grade.
Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk are all named alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a teammate of Lustig’s at international level for Sweden.
Lustig played alongside all the three current Southampton stars for varying periods of time, having seen them all move to the Premier League in successive summers.
Lustig signed for the Bhoys in 2012, and he saw Wanyama leave for the riches of English football the following season, when he switched to St Mary’s Stadium in the summer of 2013.
Forster followed him the next summer, leaving Parkhead in 2014, and Van Dijk was the latest member of Lustig’s trio of best teammates to depart, signing for Southampton on deadline day of the transfer window at the beginning of the campaign.
They are three top class players, with the former two proving themselves as some of the best Premier League stars, whilst Van Dijk will be hoping to follow in their footsteps even though he has suffered a shaky start to life under Ronald Koeman.
Unfortunately for Celtic, Lustig’s comments show the temporality of their success, and the lack of hold they have over their best players. As soon as they perform well they are shipped off to England, and so far Southampton have been the real beneficiaries of the Scottish club’s production line.