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Henrik Larsson won’t pick sides when Celtic face Helsingborg

The former Parkhead star says Helsingborg still pose a threat without Alfred Finnbogason.

Henrik Larsson in media scrum
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Henrik Larsson has said that he will have split loyalties when his former clubs Helsingborg and Celtic meet in the Champions League play-off round on Tuesday evening.

Larsson was a prolific goalscorer during seven years at Celtic Park and a leading figure at Helsingborg, spending two spells with the Swedish club.

Speaking ahead of the tie between the sides, he admitted he could not predict which team would go on to the prestigious group stages of the competition.

"It's two teams who meant a lot to me, two teams who made it possible for me,” he said.

"Helsingborg gave me the opportunity to come out and play in Europe, Celtic is where I made my name so it is a very difficult one.

"I just hope the team who plays the best football is going to win and go through to the next stage."

The former striker said that although Helsingborg had lost their most consistent forward, Celtic would have to be wary of the other threats in Age Hareide’s team.

Icelandic star Alfred Finnbogason had scored 12 goals in 17 games for HIF before surprisingly moving to Heerenveen.

Larsson said that it was inevitable that the player would be missed but that a solid rearguard could be key to success for Helsingborg.

"They are a very good team, very sound defensively, foremost," he added.

"They lost a striker the other day, they are probably going to miss him a little bit.

"You are always going to miss goals, he has been delivering since he came but they have a big squad, a lot of players who are ready to play.

"There are a few other strikers there who are dangerous who are going to make it difficult for Celtic."

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