Celtic to hold talks with 29-year-old international within days - report

By Alex Stevens

Celtic will re-open negotiations with Mikael Lustig over a new contract in the new year, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that the Scottish giants have already opened formal talks with the Sweden international about a new deal to replace his current agreement, which expires at the end of the season.

It is said that the two parties will resume negotiations within days in a bid to strike a deal for a mainstay of Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Scottish Sun claim that the first choice of Lustig is to prolong his four-year stay at Parkhead if terms can be agreed.

Celtic chiefs are also confident of tying down an integral member of the team that has swept all before them in domestic football this season.

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Lustig has played 29 matches in all competitions this season and has cemented his place as the club’s number one right-back despite the summer arrival of Cristian Gamboa.

Manager 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 defender moved to Celtic Park in January 2012 and has made 165 appearances in all competitions for the champions, scoring an impressive 13 goals and supplying 25 assists.

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

Celtic soared 14 points clear at the Scottish Premiership summit on Tuesday night after beating Partick Thistle 1-0 at Parkhead.

The Scottish giants, who are seeking a sixth consecutive title, have won 16 of their 17 league matches and are on course for a record-breaking campaign.

In other Celtic transfer news, the club are closing in on a £3million January attacker signing.