Mikael Lustig happy to follow in Henrik Larsson's Celtic footsteps

New Celtic signing Mikael Lustig
The versatile Lustig offers Celtic more options in defence

New Celtic arrival Mikael Lustig will not be involved for Monday's Scottish Premier League trip to Dunfermline.

The defender, who agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract in November, will be given more time to rest after a full season with Norwegian club Rosenborg.

He revealed that Henrik Larsson's success in Scotland influenced his decision but he did not speak directly to the former Celtic hero.

"Henrik Larsson put Celtic on the map in Sweden," explained the full-back.

"I watched many Celtic games when he played here and Celtic have many fans cheering for them in Sweden.

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Media conference - Celtic defender Mikael Lustig

"I haven't spoken to him but he has spoken a lot about the club and Glasgow.

"I have known about this for two months.

"I always thought it was a great club for me and I have been waiting for this moment, so now I am here it is perfect.

"I come from Rosenborg and I know what it is like. Every game is a pressure and every year you want to win the league so it is the same.

"I am quite a calm guy and I think I am going to handle it very well."

The 25-year-old Swedish international said that his preferred position was right-back, although he can operate on the left or in central defence.

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby welcomed his countryman to the club but warned Lustig he will need to work hard to break into a side on form.

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Interview - Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby

"I know him well and he has a lot of experience," he said.

"He's come from a good club in Norway and he has a good engine on him. He's a fit lad.

"He likes to get forward which is very suitable for the way we like to play."

Celtic have used Adam Matthews, Cha Du-Ri and the injured Mark Wilson at right-back this season.

"He's sees himself as a right-back and that's probably where we see him as well," Mjallby added.

"But we like to have competition in the squad and he can't just expect to slot straight into the team. He needs to fight for his place.

"But he gives us options at the back. We could go with a back three and maybe he can play up one as well."

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