The Scotland based football club Celtic FC is currently sitting second in the Scottish Premiership with 22 points. Two points behind their rivals, Rangers FC. One of the oldest clubs in Europe has a long history to share. Celtic was one of the best teams in Europe during the 20th century. Many players have come through Celtic’s first team and have graced football with other European Clubs. Celtic betting was one of the trusted ones in the late 20th century.
The latest player who played with Celtic FC was the Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk. Before moving to Southampton in 2015, he won the Scottish Premiership with Celtic and was included in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year.
Before van Dijk, many players turned to football legends playing with Celtic FC. Some of those legendary players are Billy McNeill, Jimmy McGrory, Jimmy Johnstone, Henrik Larsson, Gary Hopper. The list goes on with many more players.
We will look at Henrik Larson, who was called the ‘King of Kings’ by the Celtic fans. He moved to Celtic from the dutch club Feyenoord in July 1997. The striker became the key player in the first season itself by winning the league title for the club in ten years. He was a regular threat for the opponents every single minute. His confidence in front of the goal makes him unique, and he was able to find more goals for Celtic.
In the second year, he had a more crucial role in the squad. In his debut season, Larson was a supporting player. He was not the central striker of the manager. He was the club’s focal point in the following season, with more duty to do as a striker.
The transfer of Larson was a gift to Celtic. The club was becoming weaker in front of their eternal rivals, Rangers FC. They were consecutively winning the league titles without any tight competitions. So, the club needed some players to make the team more vigorous to fight for the titles. The Swedish International was one of those recruitments. It helped the team to stop the Rangers from winning the tenth league title consecutively. It was a massive win when we look at the fierce rivalry.
It was Wim Jansen who transferred Larson to Celtic. The fans very well praised his decision during those years.
Larson stayed with Celtic for seven years. He scored 242 goals from 315 appearances as a striker. He also won four Scottish Premierships during those years. Also, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups. One of the best seasons of Larson was in 2001 when he won the European Golden Boot.