Ex-Celtic and Manchester United ace comes out of retirement at 42

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Former Celtic and Manchester United man Henrik Larsson has come out of retirement to play a professional game at 42.

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson may have hung up his playing boots in 2009, but the Swede has not lost his passion for the beautiful game.

At the weekend he dusted off said boots, to play in a competitive game for Swedish fourth division side Hogaborgs.

Hogaborgs were the side where Larsson began his career back in 1988, 25 years ago, spending four seasons there before signing for Helsingborgs.

He featured in the important play-off game to ensure their place in the division next season, against Hoga, helping his side win 2-0.

Swedish newspaper HD report that Larsson played from the start and created several chances for his teammates, which included a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old.

He said after the game: "This was a delightful experience. The young guys in our team handled this very well and we won this game entirely fair."

Fair of course being a matter of perception - we wonder what opponents Hoga thought when they saw the 100-time capped Swedish international in the starting line-up.

Larsson is regarded as a legend at SPL side Celtic, where he spent seven seasons scoring a total of 242 goals.

He went onto win the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006 and a year later signed on loan with Manchester United for a brief spell, helping them on their way to regaining the Premier League title for the first time in three seasons.

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