Lustig delivers verdict on Celtic treble, states where they can improve
By Derek Smithson
Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has expressed his delight with his side’s domestic treble this season and said they must now look to improve in Europe.
Brendan Rodgers’ side went the entire domestic season unbeaten and signed off in style by winning the Scottish Cup final 2-1 against Aberdeen at the weekend, with Tom Rogic scoring a late winner in the 92nd minute.
They also beat Aberdeen 3-0 in the League Cup in November, while once again beating Derek McInnes’s side to the league title.
The Dons finished second in the league standings and were unable to keep pace with champions Celtic, who finished with 106 points at the summit.
Lustig, 30, explained his joy after Celtic’s remarkable unbeaten feat, but said that there is still room to improve in European competitions.
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“What a season it’s been and what a team,” Lustig told the Scottish Sun. “It’s unbelievable. To go through the season unbeaten and lift three trophies — I don’t know if we’ll see that again.
“We can all retire now! No, we still have a lot to learn. We still want to get better and improve in Europe. But to win a Treble, not losing a game, it’ll be tough to beat.”
Celtic will have the chance to qualify for the Champions League group stages in the summer and will be looking to make up for their disappoint exit this season.
The Scottish champions have failed to make an impact in Europe during recent seasons and Rodgers has admitted it is a personal aim of his to make them competitive against elite sides.
Lustig played an important role for the Bhoys this season and made 49 appearances across all competitions, including all six of the club’s Champions League group stages.
The versatile defender is one of the more experienced members of the dressing room and has 57 international caps for Sweden under his belt.
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