Larsson reflects on Finnbogason exit

  • Last Updated: August 20 2012, 15:00 BST

Henrik Larsson does not believe the loss of Alfred Finnbogason will affect Helsingborg's chances of overcoming another of his former clubs, Celtic, in their Champions League play-off.

Larsson and Lennon have been reunited

Iceland striker Finnbogason had been on loan with the Swedes from Belgian side Lokeren, scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances since arriving in March.

It was reported that Finnbogason had agreed to a permanent move to Helsingborg before deciding to sign for Dutch side Heerenveen and he is no longer available.

Former Bhoys hero Larsson turned up at Celtic's hotel on Monday where he met Hoops manager and former team-mate, Neil Lennon, before discussing Tuesday night's first leg and the departure of Helsingborg's top scorer.

"They (Helsingborg) are a very good team, very sound defensively, foremost," he said.

"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."

Larsson, now coaching Swedish side Landskrona, was reluctant to predict which of his two former clubs would get through to the group stages.

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

"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."