Celtic fans react to Mikael Lustig's Europa League Team of the Week inclusion

Celtic fans display their support during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Mikael Lustig started as Scottish Premiership champions Celtic started their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win against Rosenborg on Thursday.

Mikael Lustig of Celtic controls the ball during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Hamilton Academical at Celtic Park Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Mikael Lustig was far from his best as Celtic laboured to a 1-0 Europa League win against Rosenberg on Thursday.

The Swedish defender struggled at Parkhead against his former club and looked particularly suspect defensively, before the hosts’ nerves were soothed by a late Leigh Griffiths winner.


So imagine the fans’ surprise when Lustig was included in the official Europa League Team of the Week – in an unfamiliar left-back role.

The 31-year-old started on the right against Rosenborg after all. And why he was chosen ahead of Kieran Tierney, who actually did play on the left and was one of Celtic’s better players on the night, is nothing short of a mystery.

Rosenborg's Tunisian striker Issam Jebali (R) is booked for going down in the area after this challenge by Celtic's Swedish defender Mikael Lustig during the UEFA Europa League group B...

Lustig has been a great servant at Celtic since arriving from Norway in 2012, winning the Scottish Premiership title on six occasions.

However, it seems that his best years are behind him now and it is telling that Brendan Rodgers is actively looking to sign a new right-back in 2019 after being linked to Moritz Bauer, Craig Dawson and Cristiano Piccini over the summer.

Celtic's Swedish defender Mikael Lustig (L) throws in the ball as Ranger's English manager Steven Gerrard (2R) and Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (R) look on during the...

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