sport news Lustig's Old Firm derby hopes in the balance

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig should learn on Thursday if he is 'out' of next week's Old Firm clash with Rangers.

The Sweden international was sent off against Aberdeen at Pittodrie last Sunday and was expected to serve his one-match ban against Dundee on Wednesday night.

However, Celtic's clash with the Dark Blues was one of three Premiership games decimated by the 'beast from the east' weather front.

Mikael Lustig's hopes of featuring in next weekend's Old Firm derby hang by a thread

Mikael Lustig's hopes of featuring in next weekend's Old Firm derby hang by a thread

And the Parkhead outfit were on Wednesday discussing a date for the rearranged fixture with officials from the Tayside club and the SPFL, with an announcement expected on Thursday.

With Scottish Cup replays and postponements pencilled in for the midweek of March 13, followed swiftly by an international break, Lustig could still be freed up to face Rangers if the Dundee game is squeezed in next Tuesday or Wednesday - just days before the trip to Ibrox.

Anthony Ralston, Lustig's replacement at right-back earlier this season, only recently returned to training after a knee injury.

Insisting Celtic will cope with the Swede's absence - whenever it falls - Rodgers said: 'It was just unfortunate for him that he got sent off. Mika is a great servant for me.

'He has put himself out there. He has struggled with injuries earlier but, since I've come in, the game time he has played has been fantastic.

The Celtic defender was sent off in last weekend's 2-0 victory over rivals Aberdeen

The Celtic defender was sent off in last weekend's 2-0 victory over rivals Aberdeen

'He was unfortunate on Sunday but it's another chance for someone else to come in. That's what happens when you get a red card.'

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