Celtic aim to beat Fulham for Swedish defender Mikael Lustig.

The Daily Record says the Rosenborg ace, who is out of contract at the end of this month, has surged into boss Neil Lennon's future thinking after he saw the defender play against England last week.

Lustig, who operates at either right-back or centre-half, is available to join on a free transfer in January and the 24-year-old is not short of options.

Fulham are watching the situation as are Espanyol. However, sources close to Lustig last night said Celtic could make a concrete offer within days in a bid to jump the queue.