Sweden striker Jordan Larsson wins club accolade; Celtic surely priced out

By Euan Davidson

June 16, 2021

Wouldn’t it be perfect if Jordan Larsson was a Celtic player?

We need to replace our talismanic striker, he’s become a Sweden international, and he has described playing for us as a “dream”. But we’ve waited around too long, you could say, and now Larsson is winning plaudits elsewhere.

The former Helsingborg and Norrköping marksman always had the raw potential. But, despite the obvious Celtic connection, the Bhoys never decided to bring him in. For a club as reeking of nepotism as ours, that’s pretty surprising. There are currently two sons of Gordon Strachan at the club, after all, and even Anton Rodgers has a Bhoys appearance to his name [Daily Record].

Alas, a Larsson move to Celtic never materialised. And now, we’re paying the cost; the son of the iconic Magnificent 7 is Spartak Moscow’s Player of the Season.

Look, he’s even doing the famous celebration! It’s too much.

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Still very surprising that Celtic never took a chance on Larsson Jr

Admittedly, there’s a touch of revisionism here. Before his move to Spartak, Larsson only really enjoyed what you’d call one “prolific” season. 11 goals in 16 league outings for Norrköping saw the Russian giants’ interest in Larsson piqued. After a modest 19-20, Larsson exploded into life this season past, with 15 goals and 5 assists over 29 Russian top-flight matches [Transfermarkt].

That’s obviously going to attract attention, but sadly, the moment for Celtic to sign Larsson has well and truly passed. Unless the board are willing to potentially double their record expenditure, the £9m spent on Odsonne Edouard [Sky Sports], we’ve surely had it where Larsson is concerned.

Jordan Larsson training with Sweden / (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

That isn’t his fault, though. And if anything, it’s still amazing to see Henrik’s son named in Sweden’s squad for Euro 2020 [UEFA], and repeating his father’s goalscoring antics. It’s a shame it’s not at Celtic, and maybe it won’t ever be, but we can’t begrudge him the success that he’s worked so hard for. For a time, a successful top-flight career and international football looked beyond him.

So, along with Mikael Lustig, there are two very good reasons to make Sweden your first or second team this summer. While it’s sad it’s not at Celtic, it’s still a joy for us to see a striker called Larsson doing the business somewhere.

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