Photo: Jota meeting Celtic’s King of Kings at Champions League Final

In the pantheon of Celtic legends, it would be fair to say that there is no greater name than that of Henrik Larsson. The Super Swede was the magnificent seven for seven whole years in the Hoops and managed to score a phenomenal 242 goals in 315 games for the club. Larsson didn’t just do it domestically in the SPL but rather in all company; Juventus, Porto, Liverpool to name but a few.

There is always a stir when Henrik is about and connected to anything Celtic and this most recent update will send Larsson and Jota fans into overdrive, as the both were snapped in a photograph together. One Celtic great and another who has the potential to possibly consider himself one some day smiling in a warm embrace.

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Jota was outstanding last year and the fact that we managed to complete the deal that we so desperately wanted for the Portuguese speaks volumes about his natural ability. His play is mesmerising at times and no doubt the King of Kings himself will be a huge fan of the former Benfica man.

Larsson may even have fancied playing alongside the trickster back in his heyday, as Jota is a serial creator for strikers and goalscorers. Just speak to big Giorgos Giakoumakis or Kyogo Furuhashi – they won’t be shy in singing the cultured winger’s praises. The set-up in particular from Jota for Kyogo’s goal against Ferencvaros at Celtic Park was exceptional. A truly world-class assist.

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As we look forward to seeing him work his magic on that wing again as a permanent member of the Celtic Family this upcoming year, it’s great to remind ourselves of all of those great footballers that came before. It is also prudent to remember that we are what we are today because of those who have gone before us. This photograph is a wonderful bridge between the past and present and sets the heart racing for those famous European night’s under the floodlights.

It’s certainly giving me that Friday Feeling!

Paul Gillespie

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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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