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Sunday 22 September 2019

Saints boss prays that Larsson Junior can be kept quiet

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Jordan Larsson with his Dad Henrik in 2004.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Jordan Larsson with his Dad Henrik in 2004.

One of the main threats to St Patrick's Athletic on their return to the European stage this month happens to be the son of an all-time great.

But Saints boss Harry Kenny stresses that despite having Swedish international Jordan Larsson, son of former Celtic man Henrik, in their squad, Norrkoping are not a one-man team.

Pat's are back in the Europa League (due to Waterford being kicked out of that competition) with the first leg of their battle against Norrkoping in Richmond Park tomorrow night.

Currently sixth in their domestic league, Norrkoping come to Dublin on the back of strong league form, three wins from their last four, and they have some amount of talent in their squad, 17 senior internationals on their books.

Capped once by Sweden, Larsson (22) scored in his club's most recent league game and Kenny is already on alert, aware that his team-mates are also a danger. "He looks a decent player. He is very like the old fella, actually. He looks like him," says the Saints boss of Larsson Jnr.

"He's an international, as most of them are. He looks dangerous, he has scored a few goals. We have seen him in the videos scoring goals. He is quick, pretty dynamic, but no better than other lads they have on the pitch, centre-forwards.

"They are not your typical sort of passive team, there is a bit of League of Ireland in them. They are aggressive, they get after you. They are tall and very, very good on set-pieces. They are a good team," added Kenny, who has a fully fit squad to call on.

In domestic news, Waterford have lost key man Bastien Hery to Linfield, with Ireland U21 cap Michael O'Connor moving to the RSC from Windsor Park as part of that deal.

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