Larsson and Sutton double act hammers Kilmarnock

On This Day: Larsson and Sutton double act see off Kilmarnock…

On This Day in 2002, A Henrik Larsson hat-trick and a double from Chris Sutton combined to inflict a hefty defeat on Kilmarnock at Celtic Park. Celtic were flying during this period under Irish manager Martin O’Neill, and 2002 would set in motion a chain of events that would see Celtic reach a European final, as well as narrowly missing out on the league on the last day to a financially doped football club in Govan.

The journey was quite something to behold nontheless, and this is one of many great results from a memorable season.  Henrik’s first came from a lovely floated cross from Neil Lennon; with Larsson instinctively finishing from the six yard box.  Larsson and Sutton then linked up to create a passage of great teamwork that ended with a intricate Larsson pass to Sutton, who slotted home without any problems.

Then, after a sustained attack from a ball into the box, Balde’s header found its way to the back post where Joos headed it back off the cross bar – only for our Magnificent Seven to finish with a headed tap-in. Next up would be another from Sutton that succeeded excellent individual play by Henrik. A ball from Sylla that was just behind the striker, forced him to improvise with a delightful flick to himself, getting him away from the defender and through on goal. The goalkeeper would be hoodwinked though as Henrik produced a cheeky drag-back to set up Sutton for his second of the day.

The last would go to the man of the moment to complete another hat-trick for Celtic. With a cool head Henrik rounded off his day with a strong penalty to seal the victory in true Larsson fashion.

Take a look and enjoy all the goals below…

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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