Guidetti aims to be Celtic's new Larsson

Celtic Parkhead

Having finally completed his season-long loan move from Manchester City, Celtic's new Swedish striker John Guidetti hopes to emulate compatriot and Hoops legend Henrik Larsson.

John Guidetti has reiterated his ambition to emulate boyhood hero Henrik Larsson at Celtic, after completing his season-long loan move from Manchester City.

The Swedish striker’s switch was in limbo earlier this week, after the transfer paperwork for his deadline day move was filed after the 11pm cut-off point.

However, an appeal by the SFA to the world’s governing body FIFA eventually saw the move ratified, and the 22-year-old is delighted to get his chance to prove himself at Parkhead this season.

‘It's really nice to be part of Celtic,’ he told the club’s official website.

‘I was standing in a coffee house yesterday when I got the news and I was actually dancing because I was so happy. I really was buzzing.

‘Everybody knows what a great football club this is, especially in Sweden when Henrik Larsson was playing here. It's also a very well-known club because of the fans, who are so passionate and brilliant.

‘Even the people at City told me about the European nights. They said it's the best atmosphere in the world. People just don't say that for no reason and it must be true because I've heard it from so many places.’

Guidetti becomes the latest Swede to don the hoops, following in the footsteps of Larsson, Johan Mijalby and current squad member Mikael Lustig, and the promising frontman is hoping he can achieve the same kind of success as his compatriots.

‘I know Johan very well and I've spoken to Henrik a couple of times,’ he said. ‘I know what the fans are expecting but Henrik was an amazing striker and they are very big shoes to fill but I promise will do my very best to do even a little bit of what he did.

‘It's a lot to live up to and I'm going to do my best.

‘They just told me what a great club it is and it's not for no reason that Henrik stayed for so many years. He was very much wanted in Europe, we all know that, because later he went to Barcelona and Manchester United, but he stayed because it was an amazing club to play for and that tells you all you need to know about Celtic.

‘I know so much about Celtic. As soon as the club came for me I knew straight away, Celtic is the one and that's where I want to go.’

Guidetti has struggled to make his mark at City since arriving from local club IK Brommapojkarna in 2008, but did enjoy a previous loan spell with Dutch side Feyenoord during the 2011-12 campaign, scoring 20 goals in 23 Eredivisie games.

However, after a goalless spell at Stoke during the second half of last season under former boss Mark Hughes, his Celtic stint will pose a prime chance to reignite his once-flourishing career.

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