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Ex-Celtic star Beram Kayal sad to see Mikael Lustig go

Beram Kayal of Brighton and Hove Albion is closed down by Marlon Pack (L), Tammy Abraham and Korey Smith (R) of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove...

Celtic lost the long-serving Mikael Lustig on a Bosman this summer.

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic has his shirt pulled by Andrew Halliday of Rangers as Mikael Lustig of Celtic looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers...

Beram Kayal has admitted to The Record that he was sad to see Mikael Lustig leave Celtic this summer.

The long-serving Sweden right-back left the Hoops as a free agent last month after seven years of service.

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Lustig, who turns 33 this year, won eight Scottish Premiership titles in a row and his exit was mourned by many Celtic supporters.

Kayal played alongside the new Gent defender at Parkhead for three years, and the Israel international respects his old team-mate's decision to take on a new challenge.

 

“I’m sad to see Mikael leave as he has been one of the best right backs in Scottish football but you need to respect his decision to take on a new challenge," he told The Record.

"He still has the quality and has performed unbelievably well and I wish him all the best.”

Lustig's replacement looks set to be a man who Kayal knows well - his international team-mate Hatem Abd Elhamed, who is closing in on a £1.6 million move to Glasgow.

Not only that, but Kayal, now a Premier League player with Brighton, admitted in the same interview that he recommended Celtic to the 28-year-old defender.

Lustig was earning around £24,000 per week with the Bhoys, according to The Daily Star. That indicates that he was a big player for the Scots and Elhamed will have big shoes to fill.

Mikael Lustig of Celtic picks up an injury during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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