Legendary dad shouldn’t stop Celtic considering Jordan Larsson

There are absolutely no credible links to Jordan Larsson’s signing at Celtic, as The Celtic Star pointed out this morning, following his sacking by ex-club Spartak Moscow. But unless Celtic do otherwise, they should get on the phone with their representatives and make sure they’re part of the conversation about where the player can take his trade next.

There would be some expectation on Larsson playing for Celtic, there’s no denying that and whether that would be detrimental to the player or spur him on is an open question.

What is clear, however, is that Larsson is a talented footballer himself and if he is available on a free transfer then Celtic – along with no doubt a host of other clubs – must be under discussion.

Jordan Larsson has scored 27 goals and provided nine assists in 83 games for Spartak Moscow. He’s also more of a forward than a forward, and one who can play both on the right side of a front three and as a main forward.

Jordan Larsson, Spartak Moscow’s Swedish striker, celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League first leg soccer match between Spartak Moscow and Leicester City, at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium, October 20, 2021. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP) (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/ AFP via Getty Images)

Add to that Larsson has also played an attacking midfield role behind the strikers and you can see the seven-time Sweden international is a versatile striker who can act as both a supplier and a goalscorer and has proven himself in both.

That’s a technical aptitude for a team from Ange Postecoglou, and as a player who turned 25 just two weeks ago, there’s one player who fits our philosophy of the game and is close to reaching the prime of his powers, one , who is available with no transfer fee attached – and one who has the Celtic heartstrings to pull can give us an edge over other suitors.

The question of his salary is one I’ve seen as a deadlock for Celtic’s Jordan Larsson, but Salary Sport lists Larsson as the 11th-highest earner at Spartak Moscow with a reported £25,000 a week.

Jordan Larsson, Spartak Moscow’s Swedish striker, celebrates with team mates after scoring the team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League first leg soccer match between Spartak Moscow and Leicester City, at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium, October 20, 2021. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP) (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP via Getty Images)

If Larsson were to sign with Celtic for a similar pay package he would be the second highest earner at the club but crucially within our pay structure and £5,000 a week below what our club captain takes home each week.

But even then there’s scope as, without a transfer fee, a sign-up fee could be used as leverage to lower that weekly wage even further, and if you think about it Albian Ajeti remains on our reported wage bill of a £18,000-a-week there at Celtic have plenty of room to move in and out, with flashy options being bolstered and the pay structure barely impacted.

There will always be debate over whether Jordan Larsson signs for Celtic and whether the father’s success is too much to burden the son with and that’s a fair debate.

But if you can take all that back and consider Jordan Larsson a remarkable footballer in his own right, then there is fine talent in the open transfer market and one that fits our system, the salary structure would not require changing and can be for £7,000 £ more signed per week than Albian Ajeti is currently collecting.

At the moment there is little more than rumors of a move from Jordan Larsson to Celtic but if we do our homework as a club I at least hope we called his agent and asked him to move on to expedite because Jordan Larsson fits Celtic , and that has nothing to do with who his father is.

Niall J

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