Former Celtic star Kris Commons puts Kris Boyd right on Larsson v Laudrup debate

By John McGinley

February 2, 2020

Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons has corrected his Sky Sports punditry colleague Kris Boyd on Instagram about who the greatest player in modern Scottish football history is.

Boyd took to the social media channel to welcome former Rangers star Brian Laudrup to the platform, telling his followers: “God is on Instagram, welcome Brian Laudrup. For me the best player to play in Scotland, do you agree?”

Shortly afterwards though Commons was straight in there with the truth as many Celtic fans know it, leaving a comment that stated: “Big man… the best player that’s ever been in Scotland has been on Instagram for a while now, Henrik Larsson. You’re welcome.”

Kris Commons on Instagram / (@krisboyd.9)

It’s not the only bad opinion that Boyd has had recently after his comments on Leigh Griffiths following our victory over Kilmarnock last month.

Larsson scored a phenomenal 242 goals in 315 appearances for the Bhoys during his time in Scotland (FitbaStats), helping Martin O’Neill’s team reach a European final.

Famously, he helped Celtic stop ‘ten-in-a-row’ back in 1998 too, with the league title that year part of an eight-trophy haul in seven years.

There’s no doubt that Laudrup was a special player for the Ibrox club, but the achievements and longevity of Larsson simply outclass the Dane.

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson / (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

It’s unlikely we’ll see another player of Larsson’s standard compete in the country for as long as the seven years that the Swede gave to Celtic.

Big players like Moussa Dembele and Virgil van Dijk have performed to a high standards for the Hoops since but their contributions were fleeting in comparison.

Larsson and Laudrup are both modern Scottish footballing legends but Commons is right on this one, though both pale in comparison to the achievements and quality of Jock Stein’s famous Lisbon Lions.