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24th Jan, 2018 | 7:14pm

Struggling mainstay has to be axed from Celtic XI, looks shadow of former self

Mikael Lustig’s poor season continued in Celtic’s 2-1 victory over Partick Thistle.
The Swedish international was guilty of conceding the penalty which allowed the Jags to take the lead and was replaced at half-time as Brendan Rodgers changed his formation.
The 31-year-old mainstay has had a very good career with the Hoops, but time seems to have caught up with him as he looks a shadow of the player he once was.
Any hopes that the winter break would improve his performance were dashed as he arguably turned in an even worse performance than he did in the match against Rangers prior to the winter break.
Rodgers has a decision to make, as it is unlikely he will buy a new right-back as there are three already at the club.
Lustig must been axed from the firing line for a while and replaced by Cristian Gamboa or Anthony Ralston, either of whom could do a job in Lustig’s place.
Just like Lustig, Gamboa could be doing with game time as he is one of the few players at Celtic who are taking part in the World Cup.
Perhaps a few weeks rest out of the side will help Lustig, who has been a mainstay of the Hoops for five years, but the time has come for a replacement to come in before Lustig’s performances start to affect the team’s results.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton believes that Moussa Dembele doesn’t want to leave Glasgow
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