Henrik Larsson: This is what I remember about the lowest point of my time at Celtic
Celtic icon Henrik Larsson has revealed that the leg break he suffered in a UEFA Cup defeat to Lyon in 1999 was the lowest point of his hugely successful time at the club.
The Swedish international feared he would miss Euro 2000 after suffering the injury in October 1999, in a moment which all but ended manager John Barnes’ hopes of becoming a success with the Hoops.
Larsson recovered to make his Celtic return just seven months later, and after playing in the Euros he teamed up with new Hoops manager Martin O’Neill to bring massive success to the Bhoys.
And as Larsson explained to The Independent, when he originally suffered the injury he began counting the months until Euro 2000 began.
“I remember lying there counting on the pitch: ‘November, December…May. Oh, there’s a chance I’ll play in the Euros’,” he said.
The season after he suffered the broken leg, 2000-01, Larsson scored 53 goals as the Hoops won the domestic treble for the first time in 22 years.
Two years later he reached even greater heights as he scored a double in the 2003 UEFA Cup Final, which was eventually lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time.
After leaving Celtic in 2004 after seven magnificent seasons in Glasgow, he moved to Barcelona where he won the Champions League in 2006 and also had a spell with Manchester United before moving into management, but it is in Glasgow where he will be remembered as a legend.
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