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Defender Mikael Lustig targets fresh start at Parkhead

By Matt Smith

Mikael Lustig believes he is winning his battle to be match-fit for Celtic's Champions League second round qualifier against FC Stjarnan tomorrow.

The defender has endured a torrid year of being in and out of Ronny Deila's side through injury but the Swedish ace is optimistic of playing a part against the Icelandic side at Parkhead.

Lustig has gained vital gametime in pre-season, playing in the Scottish champions' three warm-up games, and he is now targeting a fresh start with the Hoops to coincide with the beginning of the new season.

Lustig said: "Fitness-wise I would be lying if I said I'm in the best shape of my life but it's getting better.

"It's important that I've played in three games now and hopefully on Wednesday I'm going to be ready.

"Hopefully there will competition for places throughout the squad. Both me and Adam Matthews did well together but the main thing for me now is to try to stay fit for the season and if I'm fit I'm sure I'll be able to start.

"When I was younger I was a striker but when you get older your body doesn't want to run that much.

"I can play centre-half and I've done it a couple of games at Celtic and it's a position I find quite fun.

"I'd be more than comfortable moving to that position. Right now I'm going to being used mainly as a right-back but if the gaffer needs me as a centre-half for any reason, of course I'll play there."

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