By Craig Turnbull
Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has defended Ronny Deila’s reign in charge of the club, insisting that claims his tenure was a failure are harsh.
Deila will prepare his side for the final time against Motherwell on Sunday before he leaves the Hoops at the end of the season, with two Premiership titles and a League Cup to his name.
But critics have pointed to the poor performances in Europe and Cup exits to Rangers and Ross County as evidence of a failed campaign.
Lustig though believes that isn’t fair.
“Hopefully the manager gets a good reception on Sunday,” he said.
“He’s been here for two years now and obviously we wanted something more but he has brought titles to the club and I think he’s going to get a good send-off.
“Of course Celtic always want to be in the Champions League but at the same time he is not to blame. The players are the ones out there. We did not play as well as was needed.
“When we went out of the Champions League, we should have been the better team but we were not at that standard.
“Everyone knows we want to win so much at this club but you can think it is a little bit harsh.”