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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 March 2007, 21:44 GMT
Larsson glad that Celtic called
Henrik Larsson
Larsson has no regrets over his time at Celtic
Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson says it was an easy decision to come to Scotland, because the Glasgow club were the only team interested in him.

Celtic, then managed by Larsson's former Feynoord coach, Wim Jansen, brought the Swede to Glasgow in 1997.

"The only club to show interest in me was Celtic," Larsson told BBC Scotland.

"Wim Jansen knew what he had in me as a player and I just wanted to enjoy my football again. I had to give it a shot and I don't regret it."

In an hour-long interview with former Celtic midfielder Murdo McLeod and former Rangers forward Gordon Smith, Larsson also spoke about his son's disappointment when he scored the winning goal against Bulgaria at Euro 2004, because it meant his dad wouldn't be coming home early.

Larsson spent seven years with Celtic, going on to become a club legend, scoring 242 goals in the process to sit third in the club's all-time record goalscoring list.

Nothing compares to the Old Firm derby, it doesn't matter what people say
Henrik Larsson

"I didn't have a clue how big a club Celtic were when I joined," Larsson added.

"I think that was a good thing to be honest."

Larsson says he did not relish his first Old Firm derby, a 1-0 defeat at Ibrox, but that not even the Barcelona v Real Madrid clashes he took part in for the Catalan club matched it.

"I didn't enjoy my first one [Old Firm derby]. It's an intimidating atmosphere," he said.

"I enjoyed many after that and nothing compares to the Old Firm derby, it doesn't matter what people say.

"The atmosphere at the Nou Camp against Real Madrid is good but the noise level when you play at Celtic Park and Ibrox is second to none."

Henrik Larsson
Larsson enjoyed a 10 week stint at Old Trafford

Larsson has recently returned to Helsingborgs in his native Sweden following a 10-week loan spell with Manchester United - a move which took him by surprise.

"Our manager at Helsingborgs, Stuart Baxter, wanted to see me after a game," he added.

"He said that there was interest from Manchester United and I was very flattered as it's one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"I didn't believe him at first but he said it was true.

"I didn't know whether to make the move at first as I had moved back home but when I found out it was true, I realised I coudn't turn it down as I was 35 and wouldn't get this chance again.

"I'm pleased that I did."

You can listen to the full interview with Henrik Larsson at the Sportsound website.

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Larsson snubs Man Utd extension
20 Feb 07 |  Man Utd
Larsson ends international career
17 Jul 06 |  Internationals
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07 Jan 07 |  FA Cup
Man Utd capture Larsson on loan
01 Dec 06 |  Man Utd
Larsson joins Barcelona
30 Jun 04 |  Europe
Larsson's parting gift
22 May 04 |  Scottish League
Tears end Larsson reign
16 May 04 |  Celtic
Striker Larsson to be given MBE
26 Apr 06 |  Scotland


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