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Henrik Larsson insists he could see himself managing Celtic

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Celtic are preparing to hold talks with Henrik Larsson as they look to bring the Swede back to the club as manager following the resignation of Neil Lennon, according to The Guardian.

Lennon called time on his tenure after four years in charge at Celtic Park. The Northern Irishman told Celtic's website: "I have supported Celtic all my life and the club will always be part of me. However, I feel the time is now right to move on to a new challenge."

But Lennon is now helping The Hoops to search for his replacement, and the Scottish Champions have reportedly set their sights on Larsson, who has emerged as odds on favourite to succeed Lennon.

During his seven-year playing spell at the club, Larsson acquired legendary status. He currently manages Falkenbergs in his native Sweden, but he has not ruled out of a return to Celtic Park.

Larsson told Swedish media: "I have very good contact with the club. Ever since I stopped playing and started this path [managerial career] it is a job I am always going to be linked with. Of course I see myself as a manager of the club that meant so much for me and my career. But right now all my focus is on Falkenberg.”

Falkenberg have confirmed that their manager has been a subject of interest, however, the club insists that Celtic have not contacted them yet.

If Celtic offer Larsson the job, it is very unlikely that he would refuse the opportunity to escape the relatively unknown Swedish league, to pursue a managerial career in the SPL, however, the 42-year-old is notably short of coaching experience.  

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