Henrik Larsson’s status as an undisputed Celtic legend is not simply down to the 242 goals he scored in 313 appearances for the Bhoys or the four Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups he won with the club.
No, Larsson’s hero status was officially cemented the moment he started scoring goals for fun against Celtic’s cross-town rivals Glasgow Rangers.
All told, the Swede netted 15 times against the Gers, with one memorable lobbed effort against their old enemy arguably the finest of the bunch.
Larsson still ranks among the most complete strikers to ever play the game, as his highlights reel of goals against Rangers demonstrates.
Watch the Henrik Larsson goal-fest vs Rangers below:
There are headers, tap-ins, cool finishes and a few memorable strikes thrown in for good measure.
Best of all, Larsson’s passion for Celtic still burns brightly today.
When his son, Jordan Larsson, suddenly found himself linked with an unlikely move to Ibrox, the response was short and to the point.
“Me? Signing for Them???’ Jordan wrote on Twitter, “Are u having a laugh?”
Named after NBA legend Michael Jordan, Henrik’s iconic tongue-out goal celebration was actually inspired by his passion for basketball, where such a reaction is commonplace.
A slam dunk of a signing for Celtic and, later, Barcelona whom he helped secure a second Champions League trophy, Larsson could yet return to Parkhead as manager one day.
Rangers probably can’t wait.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.