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LARSSON AND THE EURO OLD PALS’ ACT

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NEIL LENNON could could call in the old pals’ act before Celtic take on AIK in the first leg of the Europa League play-off at Parkhead on Thursday.

The Swedes won through on a 3-2 aggregate to meet the Hoops when they drew 1-1 with Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol in Stockholm last night.

Lennon could get up-to-date reports on the opponents from close friends and club legends Henrik Larsson and Johan Mjallby.

The iconic double-act will be well up to speed on AIK who are one point off the top of their league with over half the games played.

Nabil Bahoui put the hosts ahead just after the hour mark and, although Gabrijel Boban equalised with four minutes left, the Swedes did enough to book their spot in Glasgow next week with the return in Stockholm on August 29.

Celtic’s Champions League hopes were obliterated on Tuesday when they toppled to a dramatic 4-3 loss against Cluj at Parkhead to exit the elite competition on a 5-4 aggregate.

It was the same story last season when Brendan Rodgers’ side failed to overcome mediocre AEK Athens and made their exit on a 3-2 score overall and dropped into the secondary competition.

They overcame FK Suduva 4-1 on aggregate to move into the group stages where they faced RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig and Rosenborg.

The European adventure ended at the last-32 stage when they lost home and away to Valencia to crash out on a 3-0 aggregate.

 
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