How many more below-par performances does Mikael Lustig have to produce before he loses the faith of manager Brendan Rodgers?
The long-serving Celtic right-back has looked well past his best for a while now, and was heavily criticised by supporters during the Hoops’ 1-0 win away at Rosenborg in their Europa League opener a fortnight ago.
Lustig was no better in match-day two. The 31-year-old Sweden international was at fault for Salzburg’s second goal in Celtic's 3-1 defeat at the Red Bull Arena on Thursday night, allowing the ball to bounce in the area before Takumi Minamino fired home.
So what more can Cristian Gamboa do to get a run in the team? The Costa Rican international has been behind Lustig in the pecking order ever since arriving in Glasgow from West Bromwich Albion in 2016.
Gamboa has not featured in any of Celtic’s league games so far and his most recent appearance came during the Europa League qualifier against Suduva in August.
But surely the jet-heeled 28-year-old, who impressed against Neymar in the World Cup this summer, is worth an opportunity with Lustig increasingly looking like a weak link in this Celtic side?
Does anyone get the Gamboa situation. I don’t !— Jimbo (@Jimkingofkings) October 5, 2018
Its mental. When he's played he hasn't out a foot wrong (IMO) we don't see what happens in training but what we do see on match day beggars belief as to why he can't get in the team. Players must be in the comfort zone knowing they are playing— john h mulgrew (@jbhoy07) October 5, 2018
Id have had Gamboa over Lustig every day of the week...and dont know why BR keeps with him— Spalding Hoops (@Spalding_hoops) October 5, 2018
Wonder what Gamboa is sitting thinkin watchin Lustig play— Ross Trainer (@RossTrainer) October 5, 2018
I’d rather play Gamboa and give him a chance rather than continue to play lustig when you know exactly what’s gonna happen!!! At least gamboa is a threat going forward rather than lustig just being completely useless— William McBride (@williammcb_) October 5, 2018
Imagine still wanting the guy who picks hendry and Lustig over Jozo and Gamboa— c (@cammarr_murr) October 5, 2018
Bring Gamboa on lustig’s finished— Nathan Quinn (@NathanQ67) October 4, 2018
Baffles me that lustig gets played over gamboa— Pol (@Polllllllll1888) October 4, 2018
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