McAvennie verdict on Larsson landing Celtic job after contact made with 43-year-old

Henrik Larsson is not the right man to succeed Neil Lennon at Celtic as he is not experienced enough to lead the club through this turbulent period.

That is the view of Parkhead legend Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the possibility of the 49-year-old taking over at Celtic Park.

Celtic’s interim boss John Kennedy remains the bookmakers favourite to be appointed on a permanent basis despite an unconvincing win over Aberdeen and a goalless draw at Dundee United on Sunday.

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that Celtic have made initial contact with ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to assess whether he is interested in the post.

On the Celtic Huddle podcast, Larsson’s name was thrown into the hat by former Hoops striker Simon Donnelly.

Larsson is currently Ronald Koeman’s assistant manager at Barcelona, having gained nearly 10 years of experience as a manager in his native Sweden.

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When asked by Football Insider if he would welcome Larsson back to Parkhead as manager, McAvennie said: “I do not think it is the right time for Henrik.

“I do not think he would want it after what happened to Lenny. Henrik has such a legacy at Celtic, he would not want to tarnish it. The majority of supporters have bad feelings towards Lenny, even though in time he will be remembered as a hero.

“Celtic is far too big a club to cut your teeth in and while Henrik has been in management a wee bit it is nothing compared to Celtic.

“It is the same with John Kennedy, the pressure is too much and the burden is too high.”

In other news, a Stoke insider drops his verdict on Michael O’Neill potentially landing the Celtic job after a development.