Scottish Premier League

Larsson set for Celtic return

October 14, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson wants to return to Parkhead to become a coach. The 38-year-old Sweden striker is due to retire from international football and has earmarked Scotland as the place to study for his UEFA badges.

Larsson celebrates one of 242 goals for Celtic
GettyImagesHenrik Larsson scored 242 goals for Celtic

Larsson scored 242 goals for Celtic between 1997 and 2004, winning four Scottish Premier League titles, and is already in negotiations with the Glasgow club regarding his future.

"I talk a lot with Celtic, although nothing is happening at the moment," Larsson said. "Hopefully, something will come up in the future but we'll just have to wait and see. Everyone knows what my feelings are for the club. I will go to Scotland sooner or later.

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

The Scottish Football Association programme allows senior professionals with at least five years' experience to skip the introductory stages and begin with the UEFA B licence.

Larsson said: "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."

Larsson left Celtic to join La Liga giants Barcelona in 2004 and spent a short time on loan at Premier League champions Manchester United in 2007.