Mikael Lustig lavishes high praise on former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson

Celtic defender Lustig has praised his countryman Henrik Larsson.

Henrik Larsson is undoubtedly one of Celtic’s greatest players, and arguably their best in recent history, and current star Mikael Lustig has lavished praise on the Swedish striker in a Q&A session on the official Celtic Twitter account.

It is hard to disagree with the praise placed on Larsson, even considering some of the quality players Sweden have seen in their time as a footballing nation.

The striker scored 37 goals in 106 games for his nation, enjoying his best time at club level with the Bhoys, when he scored 242 goals in 313 appearances.

Sweden have seen a progression of top class strikers during their history, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic the latest in a long line of talented stars.

Their greatest time as a footballing nation came towards the late 1940’s and 1950’s, when they won the 1948 Olympics, as well as reaching third place in the 1950 World Cup, before finishing as runners up in the same tournament eight years later.

The likes of Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm will go down in history as three history makes in Swedish football, but it is hard to deny the influence Larsson had.

Certainly at Celtic he will go down in history as a player who made legend status at Parkhead, and maybe Lustig can follow in his compatriot's footsteps and establish himself as one of the best Celtic players of his generation.

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