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Striker Larsson to be given MBE
Henrik Larsson
Henrik Larsson scored more than 240 goals for Celtic in seven years
Former Celtic hero Henrik Larsson is to receive an honorary MBE for services to football, it has emerged.

The Swedish player, who left Glasgow for Barcelona two years ago, was one of about 100 non-Brits to be awarded the honour last year.

However, his busy schedule meant that he had yet to be presented with the award, the foreign office confirmed.

The ceremony, which could take place in Spain where the striker is based, is expected to be held sometime this year.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "He's been awarded an MBE for services to football.

"The award was approved last year and will be presented when it's convenient."

Impressive record

Larsson signed for the Parkhead club in 1997 and went on to score more than 240 goals in seven years for the club.

He also has an impressive international record, scoring 34 goals in 88 matches for Sweden.

In 2003, his home country nominated him as the greatest Swedish football player of the last 50 years.

He played his last game for Celtic in May 2004 before joining Barcelona.

Irish pop group the Corrs and German golfer Bernhard Langer were also among the other non-Brits honoured.

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