Mark Wilson suggests Celtic start for Cristian Gamboa against FK Suduva

Glasgow , United Kingdom - 20 May 2018; A general view of Celtic Park prior to Scott Brown's testimonial match between Celtic and Republic of Ireland XI at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic will face FK Suduva in the Europa League playoff round this week.

Cristian Gamboa #16 of Costa Rica chases down the ball in front of Bobby Wood #7 of United States during a match in the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Soldier Field on June 7, 2016 in...

Mark Wilson has told The Scottish Sun that Cristian Gamboa should start ahead of Mikael Lustig for Celtic this week.

Celtic will take on FK Suduva in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie away from home in Lithuania on Thursday evening.

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Gamboa started at right-back against Partick Thistle away from home in the second round of Scottish League Cup this past weekend.

Former Celtic right-back Wilson believes that the 28-year-old Costa Rica international should start ahead of 31-year-old Australia international for Brendan Rodgers’s side against Suduva.

The 34-year-old former Scotland international has also said that Lustig lost a yard of pace.

Wilson told The Scottish Sun about about Gamboa: “For me, I think he’s done enough at this early stage of the season to deserve his opportunity.

“Having seen the way Lustig’s played — probably culpable for three of the goals over the two ties against AEK, plus his form at the end of last season — I see the prospects as promising for Gamboa.

“I feel Lustig’s lost a yard of pace. I fear that could be a problem in the games coming up.”

Celtic FC's goalkeeper Craig Gordon (L) fights for the ball with RSC Anderlecht's Lukasz Teodorczyk (R) as teammate Mikael Lustig (C) looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group B...

Starting Cristian Gamboa over Mikael Lustig

Gamboa has made only a handful of appearances for the Celtic first team since his move from West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2016 for a transfer fee reported by Herald Scotland to be worth £1 million.

The former Rosenborg star, though, is playing well at the moment, and it would make sense for manager Brendan Rodgers to include the 28-year-old - who earns £15,000 per week as salary, according to The Daily Star - in the starting lineup on Thursday evening.

Celtic's Cristian Gamboa attends a training session ahead of their Champions League match against Barcelona in Glasgow on November 22, 2016.

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