Celtic reportedly size up in-demand 21-year-old, may mean summer exit for first team mainstay
Celtic’s reported interest in Yeovil Town right-back Tom James may well mean that Mikael Lustig’s time with the Hoops is drawing to a close.
The Independent reported that the Hoops were in a battle with Swansea and Bournemouth for the in-demand 21-year-old, and even if James doesn’t sign for the Bhoys, the fact that they are interested in a right-back sounds ominous for the Swedish international.
Lustig has been a mainstay for the Hoops’ first team since joining the club in 2012 from Rosenborg, and has made 40 appearances for the Bhoys so far this season.
But his form has dropped off considerably in recent months, leading to him being dropped, which isn’t what the 31-year-old needs in a World Cup year.
The fact that Lustig will be playing in the World Cup means that he is unlikely to be involved in the Hoops’ early Champions League qualifiers which begin in July, which is another reason why a new right-back is being scouted.
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Manager Brendan Rodgers has rarely played the other right-backs at the club since he became Hoops boss in 2016, both Cristian Gamboa and Anthony Ralston have made a few appearances but Lustig has for the most part been first choice.
Those days seem to be over however, and it seems highly likely that the Hoops will be signing a new right-back in the summer, and Lustig’s days may well be numbered.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are thinking about making Odsonne Edouard’s loan deal permanent