Celtic legend: Rodgers will need to find next Larsson to make his mark

Celtic legend Tom Boyd believes that Brendan Rodgers may find it hard to hit the ground running, unlike previous boss Martin O’Neill.

The Northern Irishman’s arrival has created levels of excitement that have been compared to when the former Leicester manager joined the club in 2000 but the landscape of Scottish football has changed dramatically since then.

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Boyd, who played for Celtic between 1992 and 2003, believes O’Neill was able to bring in big name signings that could make an instant impact at Celtic Park.

And this may be something that Rodgers will not have the luxury of doing, and the former Celtic captain says that the current Hoops boss will need to unearth hidden gems who could make a similar impact at the Scottish champions. He told Sky Sports:

“I’m sure Brendan will also be able to unearth a few gems. Some of the best players we’ve had at this football club have been brought in by managers who knew of them when few others did.

“The best examples of that were Henrik Larsson and Lubo Moravcik, so I would hope Brendan would have quite a few like that who he could bring in to enhance the squad.”

Swedish legend Larsson was bought for £650,000 from Dutch club Feyenoord in 1998 and scored 242 goals during his time in Scotland. Moravcik meanwhile signed in 1998 for just £300,000 from German side Duisburg.