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17th Jan, 2017 | 3:39pm

Report: Celtic hold positive talks with international defender, deal expected this week

By Dominic Toner

Celtic have held positive negotiations with defender Mikael Lustig about extending his contract, according to a report.

The Evening Times claim that the Bhoys have been in long-term talks with the 30-year-old as they try to extend his current deal, which is set to expire at the end of the season.

It is understood the two parties are set to reach a positive conclusion after months of negotiations.

The report details that manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep the right-back and the player is now expected to commit his future to Celtic by signing a new deal deal this week.

Lusting is regarded as an important first-team player and has been a regular feature in the starting line-up under Rodgers.

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The Sweden international has made 32 appearances across all competitions this season, chipping in with one goal and four assists.

He has managed to keep team-mate Christian Gamboa out of the team and is the first-choice right-back this campaign.

Lustig moved to Celtic Park in 2012 and has now racked up 168 appearances for the Scottish giants.

Football Insider verdict: 

Celtic supporters should be thrilled they are on the verge of wrapping up a deal for Lustig, who has been one of their most consistent performers in recent seasons. The experienced defender has proven to be a good player under Rodgers and has been a mainstay in the starting XI. He offers a great level of experience and slots in nicely at right-back in the side. With regular left-back Kieran Tierney extremely attack-minded, Lustig provides a good defensive balance on the opposite flank when they both play. Lustig will now hope to win many more major trophies in Scotland and is a under-rated player in the side.

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