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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 April, 2003, 16:15 GMT 17:15 UK
Quinn hoping Larsson will stay
Celtic star Henrik Larsson
Larsson is an invaluable asset to Celtic

Celtic chairman Brian Quinn says he believes it is possible that manager Martin O'Neill can talk talismanic striker Henrik Larsson out of leaving the club.

The Swedish international, who put Celtic into the Uefa Cup final with a late winner against Boavista on Thursday night, has maintained for some time now that he will leave when his current contract expires at the end of next season.

But Quinn, along with thousands of Celtic supporters, has not given up hope that he will stay on.

"He's a man who knows his own mind and he's a man of very few words," Quinn told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"He said publicly recently that he intends to retire at the end of the season, but he's also got a manager who's got a few words more.

"He's a very persuasive person, so I don't think we've given up hope that Henrik can be persuaded to stay on.

We're confident we can hold on to Martin O'Neill
Celtic chairman Brian Quinn

"You can never ever rule out Henrik Larsson making a contribution and he just has an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time.

"He can score with either foot, he's great with his head - you cannot afford to neglect him for one moment."

Like Larsson, O'Neill's own future has been the subject of intense speculation throughout his three years at the club, but Quinn remains relaxed over his manager's position and confident he can keep him in Glasgow.

"If there weren't speculation in the coming weeks, it would be the first time for three years," he said.

"There's been speculation about Martin staying with Celtic almost since day one.

"We've seen off that speculation and he signed a new contract at the beginning of the year.

"Nothing succeeds like success and that goes for managers as well as football teams. We're confident we can hold on to him."


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