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15th Oct, 2016 | 8:59am

Celtic line up 29-year-old defender deal - report

By Dominic Toner

Celtic are set to begin negotiations with Mikael Lustig over a new contract, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that Celtic will open talks with the defender about a new deal, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Lustig, 29, has cemented his place as the club’s first-choice right-back despite the arrival of Cristian Gamboa in the summer transfer window.

Manager Brendan Rodgers wants the Swedish right-back to stay and has assured him that he is a part of his plans.

Rodgers revealed that he has held discussions with Lustig and admits he has been impressed him.

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“Mikael is someone I definitely want to keep at the club. I spoke to him on Thursday about that,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “He is a player I’ve been really impressed with. He’s been consistently available, he’s played a lot of games and has great maturity.”

Lustig has already made 15 appearances this season and is one of the most consistent performers in the side.

The defender moved to Celtic Park in 2011 and has made 151 appearances since his arrival.

He has been extremely unfortunate with injury in recent years but is now set for a prolonged run in the team.

Lustig has also represented Sweden on 54 occasions and made an appearance with them during the international break.

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