Linked with a move into the Parkhead dugout last summer, Henrik Larsson has been unveiled as the new manager of Helsingborgs after quitting Falkenbergs.
Henrik Larsson has taken the next step towards one day managing Celtic after opting to switch from Falkenbergs to Swedish league giants Helsingborg in a move that could pave the way for a Parkhead appointment in the years to come.
The 43-year-old was linked with the Hoops hot seat in the immediate aftermath of Neil Lennon’s departure but the former Bhoys favourite was keen to distance himself from the role, citing a lack of experience as one of his chief reasons for turning down the job offer from the club.
A move to Helsingborg represents a more straightforward challenge, with the club enjoying a dominant position in the history of the Swedish domestic game.
Larsson also possesses plenty of personal ties to the club, having played for Helsingborgs in two separate spells in 1992-93 and 2006-09.
The former Manchester United loanee leaves Falkenbergs in a solid position, having helped the newly-promoted Allsvenskan side maintain their top-flight status.
He faces a tough challenge to get Helsingborgs back to the level the fans expect though, following a season in which the club finished down in ninth.
Without a title since 2011, the role could be the ideal experience to help the Swede prepare for what many view as an inevitable move back to Scotland with Celtic – another of the clubs that helped the striker establish his reputation across the continent.
He will replace the locally-based Roar Hansen at the club in a move that could have fans of Barca, the Bhoys and even the Red Devils keeping a closer eye on the football being played over in Scandinavia.