Mikael Lustig's display shows why Celtic reportedly want Milad Mohammadi

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the UEFA Europa league group stage football match between Celtic and Liepzig at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,...

Iranian World Cup star Milad Mohammadi is reportedly a January target for Brendan Rodgers' Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

Marcel Halstenberg of RB Leipzig outjumps Mikael Lustig of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Leipzig at Celtic Park on November 8, 2018 in Glasgow,...

Mikael Lustig is surely on his last legs at Celtic.

The Swede has been an excellent servant for The Hoops over the last six years but, at the age of 31, his best days are clearly behind him. Lustig has been left exposed time and time again this season against decent opposition and he looked like Celtic’s weak link once more against RB Leipzig on Thursday night.

The former Rosenborg man looked like an accident waiting to happen in the face of Leipzig’s trademark high press and was nowhere to be seen as Jean-Kevin Augustin scored an equaliser, although he was bailed out by Odsonne Edouard’s winner just a minute later.

 

So, with Lustig’s contract due to expire at the end of this season and no signs of an extension just yet, it is no wonder why Celtic appear to be eyeing long-term successors.

The Scottish Sun have claimed that Milad Mohammadi, the Iranian full-back who impressed at the World Cup, is once again on Celtic’s radar after Brendan Rodgers expressed an interest in signing him over the summer.

Akhmat Grozny's Milad Mohammadi in action in the 2018

Energetic and versatile enough to play on either flank, 25-year-old Mohamaddi would be a younger option than the heavy-legged Lustig. And, like the Scandinavian, his contract at Russian outfit Akhmat Grozny is due to expire in the summer, meaning he could be available on the cheap in January.

The Scottish Sun adds that Mohammadi is aware of Celtic’s interest and keen on a move to Britain – and his signing looks even more essential after Lustig’s latest below-par display.

Ricardo Quaresma of Portugal is tackled by Vahid Amiri and Milad Mohammadi of Iran during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June...

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