Celtic mainstay Mikael Lustig has hit back at the critics who are suggesting that the Hoops are having a bad season after they crashed out of Europe.
The Bhoys turned in an insipid display in their 3-0 Europa League defeat to Zenit on Thursday night, with Lustig in particular coming in for criticism from a selection of the support.
Now with the Hoops facing the prospect of a must-win league game against Aberdeen on Sunday, Lustig has fired back at those who think that the Bhoys, who could still win a second consecutive domestic treble, are struggling.
“When I first came to Celtic, we were winning one trophy and we weren’t always in the Champions League,” the Swedish international said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“So when you look at our situation in the season right at the moment, it is pretty harsh for anyone to say it is a bad season.
“We can still make a really good season out of this. There are many things still to fight for and that is what we are now going to do.”
The Hoops did qualify for the Champions League group stages this season, but only won one game out of six, as they found it difficult to raise their game, especially at home.
With Rangers defeating Hearts 2-0 at Ibrox on Saturday, and cutting the gap at the top of the league table to six points, the Bhoys find themselves under pressure in the league for the first time in a few years, as they face a trip to Aberdeen.
To add to the intrigue surrounding the game, if the Dons triumph they would be only six points behind the Hoops at the top of the league.
Only a win and a good performance will do for the Hoops support, who were justifiably upset with the midweek display in Russia.