Mikael Lustig says Rangers fans are respectful to him in public

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Celtic's Mikael Lustig says Rangers fans are always respectful toward him, ahead of Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Quoted by The Scotsman, Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has insisted that he has never had a problem with Rangers fans away from the hostile atmosphere of an Old Firm derby.

Both sides will renew hostilities at Hampden Park this Sunday as the Glasgow giants battle it out for a spot in the Scottish Cup final.

It will be the Swedish right-back's second time experiencing this famous fixture, having only joined the Hoops in 2012, after Rangers' financial meltdown.

Given that he has been living in Glasgow for four years, Lustig is bound to have stumbled upon some Rangers fans in public, but the 29-year-old insists that their reception toward him has been "respectful" at all times.

“Of course I have come across Rangers fans as well, but it has not been abuse or things like that,” he said via The Scotsman. “They just wish me bad luck, things like that. Things like that you can take, so far it has been respectful.

“You try and look down and search for the milk or something! But the people in Glasgow, it’s always been friendly, so there’s no problem."

 

Much of the pressure is on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic this weekend, given that Rangers are officially a Scottish Championship side for another few weeks.

 

They won promotion back to the top flight last week and Sunday should provide a barometer of sorts to see how big the gap is between both sides - if one even exists.

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