European fans of the Celtic legend’s former club congratulate Rangers Ultras

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Fans of Swedish club Helsingborgs IF – for whom Celtic legend Henrik Larsson once played – send their best to Rangers Ultras the Union Bears on their 15th anniversary.

The Swedish club’s fiercest supporters appear to have struck up a relationship with the Rangers fan base and they unveiled a banner congratulating the Union Bears on reaching 2022.

Helsingborgs IF are a Swedish club and Rangers enjoy many links across Europe – notably with HSV in Germany – and this seems to be the latest among the fans.

The link is made particularly interesting by the fact that Helsingborgs IF is the former club of Celtic legend Henrik Larsson.

While former Sweden international Henrik Larsson started his career at Hogaborgs BK, the striker spent a season at Helsingborgs before joining the Netherlands and Feyenoord.

Larsson would then return to Helsingborgs in the twilight of his career, even spending a short spell on loan at Man United for another three-year spell with the Swedish club.

The former Barcelona forward also managed Helsingborgs twice, while his son Jordan also spent two years at the club earlier in his career.

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Given Henrik Larsson’s position at Celtic, that makes the link between Rangers and the HIF all the more interesting.

But it’s clear our former Old Firm rival doesn’t have much of a connection to the Swedish club now, having left his managerial post due to fans forcibly removing Jordan Larsson’s shirt after relegation to 2016. [Guardian].

Remarkably, Larsson returned to lead the club three years later in 2019 but only lasted a few months due to online abuse from fans.

While Henrik Larsson carries on a legendary legacy at Celtic, he may not be viewed so positively at his former club Helsingborgs and now they’ve teamed up with Rangers fans, suggesting there’s little sentiment around their former player and manager.

Meanwhile, Rangers are now dangerously short of a key position following the latest injury update.

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