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  • Lustig: Real trick was having whole team involved in goal

    Lustig: Real trick was having whole team involved in goal

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 09 Feb, 2017 13:30

  • CELTIC’S final goal in their 5-2 victory over St Johnstone last weekend, finished superbly by Moussa Dembele to complete his hat-trick, has garnered plenty of well-deserved praise for the build-up.

    Every Celtic player, including Craig Gordon, touched the ball in a 24-pass move which culminated in the French striker’s finish.

    Mikael Lustig was heavily involved in the move, most notably with his piece of skill inside the St Johnstone area to flick the ball to Callum McGregor, who then back-heeled the ball into the path of Dembele.

    The so-called ‘rabona’ flick by Lustig certainly caught the eye, although the Swedish defender’s only concern on the day was the performance and result, with the win stretching Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run to 29 games.

    Speaking ahead of this Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round tie against Inverness Caley Thistle, Lustig said: “It was a brilliant team goal and a good three points so I’m happy with that. I’ve tried it (the rabona) before but it didn’t lead to a goal.

    “I wouldn’t have pulled off something like that if it was the first couple of minutes but we were 4-2 up.

    “The confidence in the team is really high and the goal proved that. One of the biggest things in football is confidence. At the moment and for most parts of the season we have had that so we look like a really good team.”

    As for whether he’ll be encouraged by his manager to replicate the trick in future games, Lustig added: “No, I don’t think so. Of course the manager likes to play good football but it’s not all about the rabona as we kept the ball for over 20 passes.

    “I think the whole team got a touch of it and it’s really hard for opponents to work off the ball so it was a great goal.”

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