Wednesday 26 October 2016

Lustig: Pressure on us in Gers clash

Celtic’s Mikael Lustig
Celtic’s Mikael Lustig

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig admitted he found his first Old Firm battle a stroll in the park - but reckons the pressure will be on his side during this Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final showdown.

The Swede moved to Parkhead four years ago but failed to face up to Rangers during his first few months in Glasgow after an injury-plagued start to his Hoops career.

The Ibrox club's 2012 financial meltdown then ensured derby hostilities were put in cold storage until the teams were finally put back on a collision course with last year's League Cup semi-final.

By that point, Gers were three years into their troubled rebuilding job but were vastly under-equipped to take on Ronny Delia's side.


Led by caretaker boss Kenny McDowall, the Light Blues looked relieved to escape Hampden having suffered only a 2-0 defeat following goals from Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons.

And Lustig confessed he was surprised by how straight forward his side's victory was.

He said: "We got two goals up quite quick last year and then controlled the game.

"Goals always change games, especially in a semi-final. But when you get the lead you don't want to play a different kind of football and I think we did well for 90 minutes. "It felt quite easy but it could be different this time." Asked if the pressure was on Celtic, he replied: "Yeah I think so. We have the better players and the better team, so I can see why people would think that.

"Should we win? I think so."

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