Henrik Larsson explains why he chose Falkenbergs over Celtic

Celtic Parkhead

Henrik Larsson has admitted he turned down the chance to become the new Celtic manager over the summer because he wanted to stay at Falkenbergs.

Celtic did approach club legend and current Falkenbergs manager Henrik Larsson over a potential move into the Parkhead hotseat over the summer, but the Swede rebuffed their advances.

The former Hoops hitman confirmed that an approach was made by the Scottish Premiership champions in an interview with the Daily Record, and moved to quash any rumours linking him with replacing Ronny Deila in the near future.

Larsson scored 242 goals in 315 games for the Glasgow giants, before moving to Barcelona on a free transfer, where he went on to lift the European Cup with the Catalans.

And when Neil Lennon departed Parkhead earlier this year, the Swede emerged as the front-runner to land the top job at Celtic Park, despite his limited managerial experience in Scandinavia.

While the link remained shrouded in speculation at the time, Larsson has now gone on the record to confirm that an approach was made and that he ultimately turned down the chance to take the reins at Parkhead.

"Yes, I declined the Celtic job. This was something I had to think about. In the end I chose to remain at Falkenbergs," he told the news provider.

The Swede also moved to deny any suggestion he has an agreement with the Scottish giants to one day replace Ronny Deila at the helm, noting that he is happy with his current situation at Falkenbergs.

"I have no agreement with Celtic on anything," he said.

"At Falkenbergs I have a rolling one-year contract and it suits me and it suits the club."

The quotes appear to indicate that the nature of his deal with Falkenbergs, as well as his limited experience, meant that Larsson preferred to bide his time and build up his managerial CV before moving into a high-profile position like the one at Parkhead.

Current Bhoys boss Deila, meanwhile, faces a make-or-break meeting with NK Maribor at Celtic Park in the Champions League tonight, with the Bhoys requiring a win or a 0-0 draw to advance to the group phase of the competition.

Fail to win and the Norwegian coach could find himself under some pressure, having fielded a weakened team for Celtic’s 1-0 defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the weekend.

 

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