Brown pays tribute to departing Mikael Lustig

Celtic skipper Scott Brown has paid tribute to defender Mikael Lustig as the Swede is set to leave Celtic in the coming days.

Belgian club Gent are the latest in a number of clubs linked with the defender, who is out of contract this summer, but Brown has admitted that talks are still ongoing about the player remaining at the club.

Brown said: "Lustig has been phenomenal. The club and Mikael are still talking just now, so hopefully they can come to some sort of agreement.

"We all love him in the dressing-room. The fans love him as well. Last season was the best football that I've seen him play, he's just kicked on, he's still playing for Sweden, he's still got that hunger in his belly that he wants to thrive and win more trophies."

Lustig signed for Celtic in 2012 from Rosenborg on a pre-contract deal and went on to play 274 times, scoring 21 times and winning eight League titles, four Scottish Cups and four League Cups.