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Celtic's Lustig Defends Behaviour After Aberdeen Cup Final Criticism

Celtic's Lustig Defends Behaviour After Aberdeen Cup Final Criticism

Celtic defender, Mikael Lustig, was the subject of criticism from both Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes, and captain, Graeme Shinnie, following Sunday's League Cup final.

A Ryan Christie goal just before half-time was the difference between the two sides as Celtic won 1-0.

McInness and Shinnie both accused Lustig of goading Aberdeen 19-year-old, Lewis Ferguson, as the final whistle of the game approached. Shinnie suggested that Celtic 'lacked class' as a result.

Lustig has since defended his behaviour, saying that it was aimed solely at McInnes and not Ferguson.

"I went to Ryan because he had scored a really good goal," Lustig is quoted as saying by the Daily Record.

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Their players thought I went to the young boy and maybe that is where the misunderstanding was. And then there were still a few seconds to go.

They said I went for the 19-year-old boy, but I was screaming at McInnes because we had a little bit of banter at a throw-in.

It was banter and it was aimed at their manager.

We play football and there are a lot of emotions. Sometimes you maybe are not happy about things after but, as I said, it is all down to emotions and I’m not going to run out there just to be a nice boy.

If they feel a little bit sad about it, then I apologise.

The Swedish defender said that he and McInnes had been exchanging words on the sideline for 20 minutes before the moment in question.

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