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Larsson cools talk of Celtic switch

Henrik Larsson, the former Sweden and Celtic striker, has played down talk linking him to the vacant manager's position at the Glasgow club.

Larsson cools talk of Celtic switch

The Swede, who is currently boss of Swedish side BOIS Landskrona, has been tipped as one of the candidates for the job after Tony Mowbray’s exit.

But he said that now was not the right time for a return.

“I will always be connected with that Celtic job. It doesn’t matter what I say, it’s a great honour to be connected with that job,” he told the Scottish Daily Mail.

“But I don’t think it’s fair to speak about another man’s job, either, and that is why I have refused to say too much.”

“The future will tell if it will be or not.”

The job is currently being filled by former team-mate Neil Lennon on an interim basis, with fellow Swede Johan Mjällby as his assistant.

And Larsson believes, if he can deliver silverware this season, the former skipper will land the role for good.

“If Lenny wins the Scottish Cup, then the job is in his hands and it’s great for him.”

“I feel for sure he is going to do it. Both he and Johan Mjällby know what it means to play for Celtic and I’m sure he is going to instil that into the players.”

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Sweden legend Larsson’s son joins Olympics football squad

Sweden legend Henrik Larsson's son Jordan has been named in the country's final 18-man squad that will play at the Rio Olympics in August.

Sweden legend Larsson's son joins Olympics football squad
Henrik Larsson (left) and son Jordan (right). Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT & Pontus Lundahl/TT

Dad Henrik, 44, represented Sweden 106 times between 1993 and 2009, winning Bronze with his nation at the 1994 World Cup.

At club level he also played in the Uefa Cup final with Celtic, and won the Uefa Champions League and La Liga with FC Barcelona.

Now Jordan, 19, will have a chance to start building a legacy of his own in what will be the biggest stage he has played on to date.

The men’s football squads for the Olympics are made up of players under the age of 23, as well as three selected players over the age limit.

The Helsingborg forward has previously represented his nation at U17, U19 and U21 level.

Larsson is one of the higher profile names in a squad comprised mostly of promising young players. There will be no final swan song for veterans like Kim Källström, 33, or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34.

The latter had been rumoured as a participant at the Olympics when he was included in the initial 35-man shortlist in June.

Here is the full Sweden men’s Olympic football squad

Goalkeepers:

Tim Erlandsson (Nottingham Forest)
Andreas Linde (Molde)

Defenders:

Pa Konate (Malmö FF)
Adam Lundqvist (Elfsborg)
Alexander Milosevic (Besiktas)
Joakim Nilsson (Elfsborg)
Noah Sonko Sundberg (Gif Sundsvall)
Sebastian Starke Hedlund (Kalmar FF)

Midfielders:

Jacub Une Larsson (Djurgården)
Astrit Ajdarevic (Örebro SK)
Alexander Fransson (Basel)
Abdulrahman Khalili (Mersin)
Robin Quaison (Palermo)
Ken Sema (Östersunds FK)
Simon Tibbling (Groningen)

Forwards:

Mikael Ishak (Randers)
Jordan Larsson (Helsingborg)
Muamer Tankovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Reserves:

Jesper Johansson (Gais)
Alexander Leksell (IFK Gothenburg)
Ali Suljic (Chelsea)
Adnan Maric (Swansea)