Lustig, now 32, revealed via his Instagram account last night that he was calling time on his seven-and-a-half year stay in Scotland, after playing his part in all of the Hoops’ eight consecutive Premiership title wins.
He was brought to Celtic by Neil Lennon during the Northern Irishman’s first stint as boss and now he’ll be leaving during Lennon’s second tenure, and the manager seems genuinely upset to be losing the experienced right-back.
Speaking via the official Celtic website, Lennon said: “I was delighted to bring Mika to Celtic and he has been phenomenal for me and the club.
“Mika has chosen to move elsewhere, but that is absolutely his right, these things happen, but it will not in any way take away from what he has achieved at Celtic.
“I wish Mika nothing but success for the future, he has been a brilliant servant to the club and has made a massive contribution to everything we have achieved across so many years.
“It has been a privilege to work with Mika.
“A top international player, he always gave everything for the team, he gave his heart and soul to every performance and I loved having him on my side.
“I am sure he will go on and continue to enjoy a really successful career, and myself and everyone at the club wish Mika and his family nothing but success for the future.”
It remains to be seen where Lustig will be playing his football in the 2019/20 season, but he’s been strongly linked with Belgian side KAA Gent by the Sun.
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