Celtic duo Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa have impressed for Sweden and Costa Rica respectively at the World Cup.
Celtic have four players representing four different countries at the World Cup, and the quartet have been impressive by every standard.
Belgium’s Dedryck Boyata, Australia’s Tom Rogic, Sweden’s Mikael Lustig and Costa Rica’s Cristian Gamboa have all featured in each of the two games played by their national sides thus far, and the right-back duo have stood out.
The position is one that has come under scrutiny at Parkhead in recent seasons, with manager Brendan Rodgers’ lack of faith in Gamboa hinting at a supposed lack of depth and quality.
The Costa Rican played just three times across all competitions last term, with his Swedish counterpart making 40 appearances, while James Forrest, Jack Hendry and Kieran Tierney were also deployed in the position.
However, Gamboa has been in inspired form at the World Cup, missing just 15 minutes of action so far and catching the eye with his excellent performances.
Despite Costa Rica’s losses against Serbia and Brazil in their opening Group E games, the 28-year-old was one of his side’s best players, defending very well at the back and putting his pace and technicality to good use with his forward runs and crosses into the box.
If Rodgers is watching the World Cup, he surely would have been surprised by Gamboa’s performances and could now be considering giving him more chances next season.
Lustig’s Sweden came close to upsetting Germany over the weekend and are still likely to advance from Group F if they win against Mexico on Wednesday.
The Celtic star has continued to put in assured performances for his country, playing every minute of their World Cup campaign thus far, and he is expected to play the whole game against El Tri.
Lustig and Gamboa are not the best right-backs at the tournament, but they have both been more than average performers, and Celtic should not have any problems in the department as a result.
Should Rodgers decide to hold on to the wantaway Gamboa, the Hoops would boast enough depth and quality in the department needed to excel across every domestic and continental competition going forward.