Veteran Scottish manager Stuart Baxter will “be part of” AIK’s Europa League clash against Celtic, he has confirmed.

The 66-year-old, who was lined up to be a “consultant” to Neil Lennon back in 2010 before backtracking, has been invited to the second leg of the tie by the Swedish champions.

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Baxter brought up the invitation after being asked about the vacant job at South African club side Orlando Pirates.


“I’ve just been invited to Stockholm to be part of AIK’s Europa League game against Celtic, so that’s currently the next thing on my agenda,” he told the Sierra Leone Times.


Baxter recently left the South African national team job after two years in charge. He also managed AIK between 1998 and 2000.


Baxter is just one of many Celtic – AIK links

Celtic have dealt with the Swedish champions on a few occasions since the turn of the century.

We signed the towering Swede Johan Mjallby from them for a fee of around £1million in 1998. The central defender went on to have a good career in Glasgow before moving onto Levante in Spain and then back to AIK.

And if we took one beast from them in 1998 then we gave them another in 2012. Lennon was the boss when Daniel Majstorovic swapped Glasgow for Stockholm after a couple of seasons in the Hoops.

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But by far the most infamous dealing between the clubs was a certain Mohamed Bangura. The Sierra Leone forward joined the Hoops for around £2million in 2011 and failed to net a single goal for the club. He was promptly loaned back to AIK in 2012 and joined them permanently three years later.

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