No Celtic return for Henrik
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan will not be bringing Henrik Larsson back to Parkhead.Celtic boss Gordon Strachan believes talk of bringing Henrik Larsson back to Parkhead is a mere pipe-dream.
The prolific Swede is to leave Barcelona in the summer when his contract expires and it is such a set of circumstances that has fuelled talk of a possible return for the Celtic Park favourite.
Larsson's previous spell in green and white proved to be a glorious acquaintance but Strachan has now confirmed that talk of a comeback is wide of the mark.
Strachan expects Larsson to return to his homeland at the campaign's close, with Helsingborgs a likely destination.
"Henrik has got lots of friends at Celtic Park,'' Strachan told Setanta Sport.
"From speaking to them, he has made his mind up, and he is going home to Sweden now and it might be with his local team Helsingborgs.
"I am sure you realise what an incredible player he was. He would have made any team in the world a better side.
"It has been a body blow missing him. We have had some great players like Chris Sutton and John Hartson.
"But if you look at Larsson's record, if he didn't score one week he was guaranteed to score next week. His record was absolutely phenomenal, not just as a goalscorer but as as player.
"The team has took some time to get used to him leaving and if we could have got Henrik Larsson back last season it would be fantastic.
"But he's made up his mind that he doesn't want to come and I honestly believe once you have been as successful as him, leave it.
"He had great memories and he was truly phenomenal.''
Strachan has also confirmed that Derek Riordan is not a target, with the Scottish tactician of the opinion that Shaun Maloney and Aiden McGeady are more than capable of playing the type of role favoured by the Hibernian starlet.
"McGeady and Maloney are our left-side midfield players this year,'' concluded Strachan. "They have been outstanding so you have to watch you don't cramp that up with people in similar areas.
"The money is not really there so because someone else wants him we shouldn't say we want him.
"You want to make sure a lad coming to this club you really want him and there is a place for him. He is a great footballer with two great feet and can score goals.
"But I'm looking at Maloney and McGeady and I want to give them the chance to get going.
''We've also got kids coming up and I don't want to block them."