Celtic star Mikael Lustig says Leeds United ace Pontus Jansson deserves to be nominated for award

Michael Lustig of Celtic celebrates his second goal during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final between Hibernian and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic star says Leeds United's Pontus Jansson has been excellent this past year.

Michael Lustig of Celtic celebrates his second goal during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final between Hibernian and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig is one of three Swedes nominated for his country's defender of the year award.

Along with Krasnodar's Andreas Granqvist, and Werder Bremen's Ludwig Augustinsson, Lustig's performances for Celtic have been recognised in his homeland.

Lustig modestly discussed two players he felt should have also been nominated.

He discussed Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson, telling Expressen: "Also "Ponne" (Pontus Jansson) has been extremely talented at Leeds. He could have been with (us)."

Pontus Jansson of Sweden during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Sweden and Belarus at Friends arena on March 25, 2017 in Solna, .

Jansson became a fan favourite at Leeds after joining from Torino, signing a permanent deal in the summer and a new contract extension just last month.

Lustig also argued that Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof should have been nominated, due to his performances for Benfica earlier in the year.

He said: "He has won the double with Benfica and made a huge transition this summer. It's pretty alright. Of course he should have been there."

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Lustig, 30, signed a new contract with Celtic back in January and has been a regular in Brendan Rodgers' history making side.

He has made 22 appearances for Celtic already this season in all competitions, providing two assists.

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