Celtic icon Henrik Larsson has got a new job, and it is at one of the biggest football clubs in the world.
The former Hoops striker will be part of newly appointed manager Ronald Koeman’s backroom staff at Barcelona as assistant manager, the Spanish giants confirmed on Friday morning.
Larsson and Koeman are familiar with each other from the duo’s time at Feyenoord. That was where Larsson played before making his move to Celtic Park.
After leaving Celtic Larsson moved to Barcelona where he played a key role in the Champions League win of 2006.
Step-up in quality from previous roles
The move is certainly a step-up in quality for Larsson than his previous coaching roles. That saw him manage Falkenberg and Helsingborg.
However, Koeman must believe that Larsson has something to offer when it comes to coaching. No doubt all at Celtic Park will be keeping a close eye on how Larsson fares in what is his biggest managerial role yet.
It should be remembered that Larsson has been linked with the Celtic job in the past. Back in 2019, the Hoops legend revealed to the Daily Mail that he had talks with the Hoops board to replace Neil Lennon in 2014.
Had discussions to become Hoops boss
However, after discussions with the board, he made the decision not to take the job. Now that Larsson is back in the managerial game, as an assistant, it will be interesting to see if he once more is considered as a future Celtic boss if he has success at Barcelona.
There is also a chance that Larsson could return to Celtic Park this season. Should the Hoops qualify for the Champions League, then perhaps Neil Lennon’s side could be drawn to face Barcelona.
It has happened multiple times in the past after all. The only problem with that is that very few if any fans would be in attendance. That would prevent Larsson getting the ovation he deserves.
Still, all at Celtic will wish Henrik Larsson all the best in his new role.