Tonight will see Celtic return to European competition as they host Rosenborg in the Europa League group stages. Strangely enough, the Hoops’ return to European action falls on the birthday of Henrik Larsson, their all-time leading goalscorer in Europe. The club took to Twitter today to ask the fans what their favourite of his goals was and there’s only one winner.
Happy birthday, Henrik Larsson – #CelticFC‘s all-time record European goalscorer!
Favourite memory in Europe from the King? pic.twitter.com/wS6ZWkvX5t
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) 20 September 2018
Henrik Larsson isn’t known as ‘The King of Glasgow’ and ‘The King of Kings’ for nothing. The Swedish striker was a fierce competitor and he rarely got outscored in a match. During his time at Celtic, he got so close to winning the Europa League, or the UEFA Cup as it was then known, back in 2003. His memorable winner away at Boavista put The Hoops into the final and whilst they lost to Porto 3-2, they’ll never forget that season.
Whenever you mention the name Henrik Larsson to a Celtic fans they will always picture that goal away in Portugal and whilst they failed to bring home the trophy from the Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla in the final, the goals from Larsson and the memories from the cup run will live long in the memories of the Celtic fans. It seems apt that the club will be returning to Europa League action on Larsson’s birthday and hopefully the club’s current crop of frontmen can inspire them to a win against Rosenborg.
You can see the Bhoys’ verdict on their favourite Larsson goal here:
Henrik Larsson aka The REAL King of Glasgow
— Connor (@_C99L_) September 20, 2018
Happy birthday to the King, Has to be Boavista away to reach the final in Seville
— BarryBhoy (@Barrybhoy671) 20 September 2018
Boavista away for me.
(thanks to the Celtic wiki for the photo) pic.twitter.com/z83fMEtfkM
— Gordon Cowan (@EvergreenCSC) September 20, 2018
Has to be Boavista away. What a moment.
— VizualDze 視覺 (@VizualDze) 20 September 2018
Boavista. Best feeling ever! Unbelievable night it was.
— LouMun 67 (@lfmunro) 20 September 2018
— TONY QUIGLEY (@HAILHAIL1887) September 20, 2018
Happy birthday. My favoriet is the road to Sevilla
— McCoisty (@ErnstVincqueer) 20 September 2018
Boavista, or that chip/lob
— Steven Forsyth (@Thejedipimpz) 20 September 2018
The Hoops have so many good memories of Larsson but the winner away at Boavista will always top the lot.