By Alex Stevens

Celtic have begun negotiations with Mikael Lustig over a new contract, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that Celtic have formally opened negotiations with the defender about a new deal to replace his current agreement, which expires at the end of the season.

It is said that Lustig, 29, has expressed his desire to prolong his four-year stay at Parkhead if terms can be agreed.

Manager Brendan Rodgers wants Lustig to stay and has assured him that he is a part of his plans and that tying him down is a priority.

The Scottish Sun report that the two parties have now got together to kick off negotiations and that, if talks go as planned, an agreement could be thrashed out by the end of this month.

Lustig has cemented his place as the club’s first-choice right-back despite the arrival of Cristian Gamboa in the summer transfer window.

Rodgers revealed last month that he has been impressed with the Swedish defender and “definitely” wants to keep him at the Scottish club.

Lustig has already made 20 appearances this season and is one of the most consistent performers in the side.

The defender moved to Celtic Park in January 2012 and has made 156 appearances in all competitions for the champions.

Lustig has also represented Sweden on 55 occasions and made an appearance with them during the recent international break.

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