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NORWEGIAN’S CELTIC RETURN

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VIDAR RISETH is on his way back to Celtic – for one game only.
The former Hoops defender, signed by Jozef Venglos in 1998, has agreed to take part in a money-raising charity event at Parkhead on Sunday, May 28.
And the Norwegian is looking forward to catching up with some former team-mates for the game that is being billed as Henrik’s Heroes v Lubo’s Legends.
Riseth admitted he still has great memories of his 73 games for the club and talked of his admiration for Larsson and Moravcik.
He said: “I’m 44, but I feel 22. I train five times a week and I am in good shape.
“It’s 16 years since I played at Celtic Park, though I’ve been back often as a spectator.
“Henrik was the complete player. He wasn’t just a goalscorer, he was brilliant at providing assists. He could have scored even more, but he preferred to pass it to someone in a better position.
“Henrik did everything for the team and worked so hard.”
Riseth also revealed Larsson made a rather odd prediction ahead of a big Hampden game.
He said: “Henrik told me before the League Cup final against Aberdeen in 2000 that I would score.
“Then he sat in the stand because he was injured and he watched me knock in the first in a 2-0 victory. It was some forecast because I was never known for scoring goals, let alone in a Cup Final.”

Riseth also recalled: “It was strange that when Lubo came to the club there was criticism before he kicked a ball.

“People were saying: ‘Who is he? Is he not too old?’

“When he came to the club, he couldn’t speak English, but he could speak with his feet. In the first training session, everyone just said: ‘Wow!’.’’

Riseth admitted he was different to the Czech and the Swede and said: “I was lucky in that I could play in a lot of positions.

“Obviously, I was no Lubo or Henrik, but my versatility meant I played a lot of games.

“Kenny Dalglish told me when he took over from John Barnes: ‘You are like a potato – we can use you everywhere’.

“He meant that I may have been humble, but I was useful.”
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