Jordan follows in footsteps of old Bhoy Henrik

CELTIC legend Henrik Larsson's son Jordan is definitely a chip off the old Bhoy.

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That's my Bhoy ... Henrik Larsson with son Jordan when they appeared together for Hogaborg
That's my Bhoy ... Henrik Larsson with son Jordan when they appeared together for Hogaborg

The young striker is following his father's footsteps by moving from lower-league Hogaborg to Helsingborgs, just as his famous dad did 22 years ago.

Henrik made his name at Helsingborgs before embarking on a professional career during which he won a host of trophies at Celtic and Barcelona before returning at the end of his career and now his 17-year-old son is taking a similar path.

"Helsingborgs is a fantastic club, hopefully I can develop into a very good player here, and I believe I can," Jordan said.

But despite the obvious similarities to his father, his new club is keen to give the teenager the space to develop at his own pace.

"They are two different people and there is no need to put an unnecessary burden on Jordan's shoulders by comparing him to his father," Helsingborgs sporting director Jesper Jansson said.

"Obviously there are similarities in patterns of movement and football intelligence, but let him form his own career."

For Larsson junior, there is no pressure in having a former Golden Boot and European Cup winner as his dad.

"For me he's just a regular dad. Obviously I'm proud of what he has done in football, but for me he'll always be my dad," said Larsson.

"I've heard that some say that we move in the same way and that we're very alike in our playing style, while others say we're not alike at all."

As for the playing style he prefers, Jordan is quick to praise "the way Barcelona play, short passing."

Henrik signed for the Hoops in July, 1997, for a fee of £650,000 following a complicated contract dispute with Feyenoord. In his seven years at Celtic, Larsson won four SPL titles, two League Cups and two Scottish Cups.

He was the top scorer in the SPL for five of the six seasons he played, the only exception being the 1999-2000 season, most of which Larsson missed due to a severe leg break suffered in Lyon.

Larsson was also a consistent goalscorer in international competition, scoring both goals in Celtic's 3-2 Uefa Cup final defeat by Porto in Seville in 2003.

He scored 242 goals in 315 matches and left the club as the SPL's all-time leading goalscorer with 158 goals. This record stood until December 30, 2009, when it was surpassed by Rangers' Kris Boyd.


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