Celtic should look to bring back Henrik Larsson following Southend collapse

By Hamish Carton

October 15, 2019

Celtic should take note of a surprising Tuesday development that saw the potential appointment of club legend Henrik Larsson as the new Southend boss collapse.

The BBC reported that Larsson’s potential move to the Shrimpers had fallen through after fellow ex-Celtic man Tommy Johnson – who was part of the proposed new team – accepted a vacancy elsewhere.

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That has left Larsson and fellow Swede Johan Mjallby out of the reckoning for the League One job – but it could always open other doors at other clubs.

Celtic should at least ask the question of Larsson

Larsson is clearly keen to get back into British football and Celtic could give him that opportunity, albeit not in a manager’s role. Our current forward line could do with a little boost – Odsonne Edouard aside – and Larsson could be the perfect man to provide that if the club looked to bring him in as a coach.

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Of course the Swede may prefer to wait for a job as ‘the main man’ but the temptation of returning to Celtic as we close in on history would be a hard one for him to turn down.

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In early June the Scottish Sun reported that the King of Kings was in the frame for a sensational return to Celtic Park as a coach. While that move didn’t materialise, there was clearly some sort of interest there from either party so a move isn’t totally unfeasible.

A Glasgow return for Larsson would give the whole of Celtic Park an extreme boost, from players to supporters. Neil Lennon would be working with a man who he knows very well and that would bode well for a good relationship.