We continue our occasional ‘On This Day’ feature with a look at a Celtic game which took place on this day in 2004, and should hold a special place in the memory of Henrik Larsson.
Celtic’s 4-0 win over Hibs at Easter Road on the 21st of March 2004 was a routine win for the Hoops on the way to a league and cup double.
However, the game was notable for two things. Firstly, Didier Agathe scored twice for the Hoops, a very unlikely occurrence.
That wasn’t the biggest story of the day though. The biggest news was that the Hoops’ other two goals were scored by Henrik Larsson.
Incredible feat for striker
In the process of scoring his second goal of the game, he took his tally of Celtic goals to 233, and became third top scorer in Celtic’s history, behind only Jimmy McGrory and Bobby Lennox.
Larsson ended his Celtic career with 242 goals. The goals were typical Larsson finishes. His first was a piece of superb reaction play, as he stole in to take the ball from out of the grasp of Hibs goalkeeper Daniel Andersson, and slotted the ball into the empty net.
The second goal saw him run on to a Neil Lennon pass and slot the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs. Interestingly, the highlights of the game were uploaded to the SPFL YouTube channel earlier on Saturday, and can be seen below.
One thing to watch out for in the highlights is the midfield battle between Neil Lennon and a young Hibs midfielder named Scott Brown. Whatever happened to him?
Went out a winner in last season with club
This was Larsson’s last season for Celtic, and he ended it in style, helping the Hoops claim the league and Scottish Cup.
It will be a long time before a striker of his capabilities pulls on the green and white jersey, so massive was his contribution to the club.
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