Henrik Larsson has answered a direct question on the Celtic managerial job as he weighs up his next destination.
Larsson was an icon at Parkhead as a player. The Swedish sensational bagged 242 goals over a trophy-laden seven-year stint in Glasgow. But his time in management has been much more of a rollercoaster.
Henrik is currently the assistant manager of Barcelona. This came after managerial stints with Landskrona Bois, Falkenbergs, and Helsingborgs in his homeland. He’s yet to manage outside of his homeland.
But he’s again discussed the constant link he has to Celtic. And despite refusing to talk up the prospect of one day becoming Hoops boss, he did instead choose to leave the door open.
As quoted by CFB Football, Larsson said: “For me, that’s just the way it is as I’m so connected with Celtic that my name will always be mentioned there (for the managerial job) and I’m so fortunate to still be remembered as a player and hopefully as a person as well. It isn’t a burden in any way. It’s a blessing.
“Yes (he would want to return to the UK). It’s a culture that I’m accustomed to and a language that I have a decent grasp of. Of course it would interest me however it’s very tough to get in. You need to know the right people or the right agent
“Time will tell if things are going to be like that. It’s impossible for me to give an answer that isn’t misinterpreted by some. So as I say, time will tell if things will be like that.”
Larsson’s managerial record could halt Celtic making any move
Should Neil Lennon depart in the summer (and there’s no point pretending there’s no chance of that), Henrik’s name will come up. It always does. You could say what he did here as a player merits that kind of constant link.
But in truth, our next appointment has to be a manager with a simply better CV. As legendary as Larsson was in Glasgow, his managerial record isn’t spectacular. He didn’t manage the success he would’ve liked at either of his three clubs back home.
The Celtic job can’t be given to managers who haven’t proved themselves elsewhere. Not at this stage in our history when we need strong leadership and must invest heavily in the squad.
Larsson has a glorious gig going at the moment at the Nou Camp. That’s, therefore, what he’ll be focusing on as he looks to help Ronald Koeman bring the good times back to the Nou Camp. However, being a number one is a totally different job. Even Henrik himself will admit that.
So long as Larsson remains involved in football, he’ll always be linked with Parkhead. Nobody will spite that – he’s earned it for his achievements here as a player. But if we’re serious about one day appointing the Swedish legend as manager one day, he needs some success elsewhere under his belt.
As sad as that feels to say at the moment, it’s just the way it is.