Henrik Larsson refuses to say Rangers as Celtic hero sparks Hydro euphoria with knowing nod

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson refused to mention the name Rangers as he nodded to Brendan Rodgers' side and their pursuit of the title this term.

The Swede was back in Glasgow for Celtic's Player of the Year awards at the Hydro where he was recognised with the Outstanding Contribution award – having been in the stands 24 hours before to watch his side see off Philippe Clement's men to come within touching distance of their 12th title in 13 seasons. Brendan Rodgers’ men only need a point from their final two games to finish the job with Celtic holding a two-point advantage at the summit – and could scoop a double when they face off against Rangers again in the Scottish Cup Final later this month.

And Larsson was clearly keen to see his former side finish the job in the Scottish Premiership as he signed off his speech at the Hydro with a message for the fans. Larsson told the capacity crowd: "Stay yourself. You are absolutely amazing and brilliant. Keep on doing what you are doing. Support the team."

The Parkhead icon would then take a veiled dig at Rangers. He said: "They have a chance to win the league again and stop them (nodding) from winning it."

The reference to "them" sparked a rapturous response from the 11,000 fans that were packed inside the Hydro. Just when the fans thought they couldn't love a man that netted 242 goals in 315 Celtic games any more...