Lustig blasts 'Celtic fan' Rodgers over manner of his departure

Former Celtic defender and fan favourite Mikael Lustig has fired a huge broadside at Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers over the manner in which he left the Scottish champions last season.

The Swedish international, who signed for Belgian side Gent after his Celtic contract expired at the end of last season, praised Rodgers as the best tactician he had worked with - however he hit out at the former Celtic manager and his claims of being a ‘Celtic fan’ after he quit the club in February as they chased an historic treble treble.

Speaking to Belgian magazine Sport/Foot, Lustig said: “In terms of managers, Neil Lennon persuaded me to move to Celtic so he is the most important coach for me. Tactically, the best was Brendan Rodgers...a true perfectionist.

"I only regret that he left the way he did. When you say you are a fan of Celtic you do not quit the club in February. I do not approve of his choice and he knows it."

Lustig’s comments come off the back of numerous claims made by Rodgers during his time as Celtic manager now being shown up for what they were - lies - including a story that has all the hallmarks of being from an episode of Ballamory involving Danny McGrain and meeting a Rangers fan who left his car in the middle of a traffic jam in the Clyde Tunnel to praise him.

Despite being offered a one year extension to his contract, Lustig had wanted two years and was resigned to the fact that he would be leaving Celtic after eight trophy laden years.

He added: "Celtic will always have a huge place in my heart, but in football, we are not always alone in deciding. They offered to keep me on and, come on, I respect the club too much to say bad things about it.

"But I gave everything to them for eight years...I was expecting a little more respect in return. My family and my ex-teammates know what happened, that's the most important thing.

"And I do not want to close this door, I want to feel good when I return to Glasgow."

Just a shame that Rodgers didn’t respect and love the club as much as ‘Celtic fan’ Brendan Rodgers claimed.