"A dream to play for Celtic" Jordan Larsson wants to follow in Henrik's footsteps

By Euan Davidson

December 23, 2020

Larsson to Celtic?

No, you haven’t travelled back in time to 1997 (BBC). Instead, it’s Henrik’s son who is actively seeking a move to Celtic Park.

23-year-old Jordan Larsson has claimed that it would be a “dream” to join Lenny’s Bhoys, despite no bid coming in. Speaking to RT, the young striker was blunt about his ambitions to play in the Green and White.

Larsson Sr, of course, achieved iconic status playing for Celtic (VICE). Over 7 years in the Hoops, the King of Kings scored 242 goals, won four league titles, two Scottish Cups, two League Cups, and nearly won Celtic a UEFA Cup.

In a career including stints at Manchester United and Barcelona, he finished 3rd in the 1994 World Cup with Sweden, and won the Champions League with Barça. He’s now a coach for the Blaugrana under Ronald Koeman.

No pressure on Jordan, then. The younger Larsson is currently at Spartak Moscow, where he’s bagged eight goals this season alone (Transfermarkt). He’s also got five caps for the Swedish national team.

Could Jordan Larsson be doing this in a Celtic shirt? / (Photo by Dmitry FeoktistovTASS via Getty Images)

Dreaming of Celtic

In his interview, Jordan Larsson said:

“For me Celtic will always have a special place in my heart. Not that I’ve played there in that sense, but it was the first place where I saw football as a young kid going with my mother to see games when my father was playing.

“That’s where I have the biggest memories in my head: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ you have all the scarves before the games and everything so of course it will always have a special place in my heart.

“But at the same time, since my father is who he is at the club, I think for me personally if I would ever have the chance to play there then I would like to establish myself even more, make my own name before I would play there if that chance would ever come up but of course it’s tempting.”

There are of course, pros and cons here. The pros: his surname is Larsson. He’s a goalscorer, although he’s not on the same level as his father. He’s young, so there’s plenty of time for him to improve, and he has experience playing in Russia and Holland.

The cons: his surname is Larsson. The pressure on his shoulders would be immense. No Celtic supporter in their right mind would expect the same output from the second generation. Perhaps that underplays Jordan’s skill-set, but the conditions would have to be very particular for him to succeed.

Still, Celtic have dabbled in destiny before. There are also multiple examples of fathers and sons both playing for the Bhoys (Celtic Wiki), including 67 Hail Hail’s own Jackie McNamara.