Only a day after Celtic completed the treble in a thrilling Scottish Cup Final, Hoops fans got the chance to see former players, managers and celebrities return to Parkhead in aid of the Celtic Foundation.

A sell-out 60,000 capacity crowd turned up for the Henrik’s Heroes vs Lubo’s Legends charity match, which finished in 5-2 win to Henrik’s Heroes.

The obvious big draw was the return of former striker Henrik Larsson, who scored a total of 242 goals in the seven years at Celtic. However, other former players to return to Celtic Park included the likes of Bobo Balde, Neil Lennon, John Hartson, Alan Thompson, Harald Brattbakk, Artur Boruc and Stiliyan Petrov.

A whole host of celebrities including former snooker world champion John Higgins, Still Game actor Scott Reid as well as actors Martin Compston and Gianni Capaldi featured throughout the afternoon.

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Official programme from Celtic Foundation charity match

Before kick off, a parade of Celtic treble-winners took place with Celtic stars Kieran Tierney, Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Brown came on the pitch accompanied by boss Brendan Rodgers.

It was an entertaining match, however, Lennon might want to forget some of the game after throwing up on the pitch during play.

In a relaxed and friendly yet exciting and party atmosphere, it was Swedish hero Larsson who rolled back the years by netting a hat-trick that even Boruc couldn’t prevent. And it was goals from Petrov and Brattbakk who helped put Henrik’s Heroes on a 5-1 lead at half time.

It was Kris Commons who scored for Lubo’s Legends before the break and captain Lubo Moravcik himself who scored in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

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Full lineups for both teams

And Larsson said he couldn’t have been happier to be back in Glasgow. He told the Celtic website: “It’s always nice to be back here. Celtic has a special place in my heart. We had some great times here and to go back out there today was fantastic.

“It’s all for a good cause, and it’s great Celtic FC Foundation are doing all the things they are and we are more than happy to do our bit for them as well.

“It’s important as I know the charity does a lot of great work in things like education and health. They started it a long time ago and they have kept it going. The stadium sold out as well so it means a lot of money is going to them which is great.”

Moravcik also said he was happy to score, even if it was on the loosing side, and spoke of his appreciation for the charity as well as celebrating the treble win with fans and players alike.

“I was really happy to score. The whole situation about Celtic just now is positive as the club won the treble yesterday and it was nice that the people came here today for another reason – Celtic FC Foundation – along with celebrating the treble. Together, it made it a nice today.”

 

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