Celtic manager Neil Lennon is hopeful that the Hoops can benefit from club icon Henrik Larsson’s recent move to Barcelona, the Glasgow Times reports.
The Celtic icon was appointed as assistant manager to Ronald Koeman on Friday, and Lennon, who played with Larsson for years at Celtic Park, hopes that the Hoops can take advantage of the situation.
“I have got a direct line in to Barcelona which might be very beneficial for us going forward” Lennon said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
“Great to have contacts around the game”
“It is great to have contacts around the game and people you have either played with or worked with before at clubs.”
Lennon went on to state how pleased he was for his former team-mate that he is back in football.
“It is a brilliant step forward for him in terms of the coaching side of things. It is an outstanding chapter for him in his career.”
As Larsson is only just at Barcelona, it is probably too early to ask favours of him just yet.
However, as Lennon says, having a direct contact with a senior figure at one of the world’s biggest clubs can only be a good thing.
Loan moves in the future?
Where it could benefit Celtic in the future is in loan deals. If the Spanish side are looking to get a promising player some game time, that player could move to Celtic.
That could happen due to Larsson’s relationship with Lennon and Celtic.
Any player who wants to make it at Barcelona will have to get used to playing under pressure. They could get an early taste of that at Celtic Park. Like at Barcelona, you need to win every game at Celtic.
Perhaps in the winter transfer window Celtic could benefit from Larsson’s move to Barcelona. That could see the Hoops sign a loan player from the Nou Camp.
For the moment though, it is just good to see a Hoops icon back in the game.