Why Mikael Lustig fears for the future of Celtic vs Rangers

Lustig was disappointed to learn that the final two Premier League matches between Glasgow clubs this season would be played with home fans only due to “safety and security” concerns.

The 94-times Sweden international loved playing derbies between city rivals during his seven-and-a-half years as a player in Scotland.

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The former right-back admitted scoring the final goal in a 5-1 defeat of Rangers at Ibrox in front of 7,000 Celtic fans in 2017 was one of the highlights of his career.

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Lustig, who watched his former club beat Hibernian 3-1 at Parkhead on Saturday, was left heartbroken when Rangers cut the number of fans allowed into Ibrox to 700 in 2018 due to demand for season tickets.

The 36-year-old, who will return to Glasgow’s ‘A Night with Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig’ at OVO Hyrdo on Thursday, May 18, would like to see a return to the previous ranking.

“It’s probably one of the best matches in the world,” he said. Well, it was. So, for me, I just hope the away fans can come back. Because it makes this match really good, and all the people around the world are talking about this match.

“I’m a little afraid, if you take away the crowd, the match won’t be that big. I’m not sure about his decision, but hopefully we can get him back.

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“My goal at Ibrox was obviously one of my favorite moments. Playing there and beating them 5-1, scoring that goal, that was good. You need that rivalry in football. It’s the same in Sweden, you need the big competition with the big atmosphere.” So hopefully we can get her back.”

Meanwhile, Lustig admitted he was pleased Swedish football voted against the introduction of VAR following Celtic’s game against Hibs at Parkhead at the weekend.

Supporters of the Premier League leaders were furious on Saturday when referee Stephen McClain awarded the visitors a penalty for pulling Karl Starvelt on Paul Hanlon and there were several other disputed decisions and a long delay.

Glasgow times:

“Sweden is the only country where we don’t have it,” he said. The supporters didn’t want that.

“When you get a penalty that you might not have had before, you think it’s good. When it goes against you? I don’t know, I think I’m pretty 50-50.

“But I love that you can celebrate right away when you score a goal, because that’s it, it’s a goal. Now you see people scoring goals and waiting a minute.

“If I need to choose, I’m against it. Clubs in Sweden voted against it. There’s a 50 percent rule in Sweden, so the votes for supporters are quite clear. And they don’t want that.”

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