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Larsson keen on Celtic coach role

Henrik Larsson
Larsson has played 106 times for Sweden

Former Celtic hero Henrik Larsson admits he would be keen to return to the Glasgow club in a coaching role.

The Swedish striker, who scored 242 goals during a seven-year spell at Celtic Park, is expected to retire from club and international football.

"I talk a lot with Celtic, although nothing is happening at the moment," said the 38-year-old.

"Everyone knows what my feelings are for the club. I will go to Scotland sooner or later."

Larsson has previously been linked with a return to Scotland to gain his coaching qualifications, with the Scottish Football Association allowing senior professionals with at least years' experience able to skip the introductory stages and begin with the Uefa B licence.

However, the SFA say they have no knowledge of Larsson signing up for such a course.

"If I should become a coach, my ambition is to be the best I can be," said Larsson. "That means I will have to leave Sweden.

"I have gained a lot of experience over the years and I feel I'm on the right track to become a coach, but studying in the Swedish FA system doesn't interest me.

"Why should I learn everything from training boys to treating injuries? I would much rather get down to studying real coaching methods."


The Swedish season ends in November and with the country in danger of missing out on qualification for the World Cup, Larsson has hinted that he will hang up his boots.

Helsingborg forward Larsson lists Barcelona, Manchester United and Feyenoord among his other former clubs.

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Larsson returns for Sweden again
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Man Utd capture Larsson on loan
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Striker Larsson to be given MBE
26 Apr 06 |  Scotland
Larsson signs deal at Helsingborg
16 Feb 06 |  Europe
Larsson joins Barcelona
30 Jun 04 |  Europe
Larsson's final bow
25 May 04 |  Celtic
Larsson's parting gift
22 May 04 |  Scottish League
Tears end Larsson reign
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