Henrik Larsson has no regrets over Celtic career

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Celtic legend Henrik Larsson insists he has no regrets about not leaving Scotland for the English Premier League earlier than he did.

Larsson enjoyed seven wonderful years in Glasgow's east end, amassing 242 goals in 313 games, a true phenomenon in Scottish football folklore.

Larsson, speaking to BBC Sport said: "They've always been loyal to me and I think they appreciated the way that I was loyal to them.


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"It's no secret that I had opportunities to leave the club earlier but I loved it there.

"I was never interested in going down south and maybe earning a little bit more money because I had a good contract at Celtic."

No regrets

The super Swede also said that although he could have made the move down south, he has no regrets over giving his best years to the Bhoys. 

"No regrets about that at all. How can I regret that?

"The career I had at Celtic, the amount of goals and assists and the relationship with the fans and the club, I can't regret that. That's something I'm going to cherish as long as I live."

European glory

Although the impeccable forward did not leave Celtic until into his thirties, that did not stop him from reaching the very pinnacle in European football.

After leaving the club in 2004 and joining Spanish giants, Barcelona, he enjoyed several seasons with the Catalan club, the highlight being when he came on as a substitute in the Champions League final in 2006 against Arsenal, and set up the winning goal.

Furthermore, a stint with Alex Ferguson's Manchester United came along when he joined on in the January of 2007.

This was another successful spell in which ended too early; even by his own admission as Ferguson pleaded with him to stay. Once again showing his class for all to see.

Indeed, Larsson is something of a unique quantity, both on and off the field - especially in the modern game. When so many others who have donned the famous green and white hoops heads have been turned by the Premier League's millions.

However, Larsson remained loyal and true, as the Swedish striker refused moves to far superior leagues whilst at the peak of his powers, and Celtic fans will be forever thankful to him for this reason.

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