Celtic injury toll mounting as Swede goes in for op

CELTIC'S injury problems will deepen this week when Mikael Lustig undergoes an operation on a persistent hip problem.

Loading Comments
Mikael Lustig is due to go under the knife on Thursday
Mikael Lustig is due to go under the knife on Thursday

The Swedish internationalist, one of the most consistent performers for the Scottish champions this season, will be out of action for around two months.

It is the last thing Hoops manager Neil Lennon wants as he wrestles with a growing injury list. Derk Boerrigter (hamstring), Beram Kayal (ankle), Steven Mouyokolo (Achilles), Charlie Mulgrew (groin) and Tom Rogic (calf) are all unavailable just now.

There is also speculation that Joe Ledley and Georgios Samaras, who have failed to agree extensions to their current deals, may leave the Parkhead club next month.

Both are believed to be on the radar or Barclays Premier League clubs Cardiff City and Hull City and could depart in the January window.

Lennon is hopeful that winger James Forrest, who has been struggling with a back problem, will be able to return to training at Lennoxtown at some stage this week.

However, losing right-back Lustig is still a setback for the Celtic boss as he attempts to extend his side's impressive 15-game unbeaten run in the SPFL Premiership.

The Irishman is particularly concerned about the centre-half position, where he is short of back-up for first-choice duo Virgil van Dijk and Efe Ambrose. He said: "The squad is really thin with Boerrigter, Mulgrew, Kayal and Rogic all out just now. I need cover at centre-half.

"If anything happens to the two boys who are in the team then I am in trouble. Lustig is going in for surgery on Thursday so we are going to be missing him for a couple of months at least."

Lennon was deeply disappointed that Celtic failed to book a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the second season running.

But he believes not being involved in Europe may benefit of his threadbare squad as they bid to land a SPFL Premiership and Scottish Cup double.

He said: "Now that the Champions League is out of the way, that might spare us a game or two here and there.

"Physically and mentally, we will have a little bit more rest between games so hopefully that will help us."


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
                A weekly round up of social highlights                

A weekly round up of social highlights


Cat's Eyes on Glasgow


Why the Harlem Globetrotters weren't so slam dunking and making a boob at Debenhams

Free swim at a Glasgow Club pool for every reader - Click here



Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

            Michelle McManus            

Michelle McManus


Sussed in the City


Why women are better at spotting so called 'bluff' when it comes to the independence debate.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.