Larsson rules out Hoops return

Hoops legend backs interim Lennon to win silverware

Larsson: Lennon backing

Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson has played down speculation linking him with a return to the club in a managerial role.

Another former Hoops player, Neil Lennon, currently occupies the hot seat on an interim basis following the departure of Tony Mowbray.

But Larsson - who netted 174 times for Celtic during his seven year spell at the club - was in the running to take over the role prior to Lennon's appointment.

The 38-year-old has dampened talk of a return to Parkhead, though, saying a switch to the Glasgow giants is not in his hands.

Larsson, who manages Swedish outfit BOIS Landskrona, told the Scottish Daily Mail: "I will always be connected with that job (at Celtic). It doesn't matter what I say, it's a great honour to be connected with that job.

"But I don't think it's fair to speak about another man's job, either, and that is why I have refused to say too much. The future will tell if it will be or not."

Mowbray was relieved of his duties in March to bring an end to his nine-month tenure at the club, giving the inexperienced Lennon the chance to guide the club through to the end of the season.

The Scottish Cup provides Celtic's only realistic opportunity to win silverware this season, with Rangers ten points clear of the Bhoys in the SPL with a game in hand.

Celtic take on First Division outfit Ross County in a last four encounter at Hampden Park on Saturday for the chance to play either Raith or Dundee United in the final.

And Larsson believes if his former team-mate can come win silverware, then the 38-year-old can bolster his chances of holding onto the reins for next season.

He added: "If Lenny wins the Scottish Cup, then the job is in his hands and it's great for him.

"I feel for sure he is going to do it. Both he and Johan Mjallby know what it means to play for Celtic and I'm sure he is going to instil that into the players."