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CELTIC fans are still struggling to come to terms with the impending departure of Henrik Larsson.But the Parkhead faithful are at last starting to think about the future and possible replacements.

Michael Sullivan, Dumbarton, said: 'Henrik Larsson is doing the right thing by leaving Celtic at his peak but now we have to move on.

'I think Robbie Keane of Spurs is the man we have to sign in the summer because he's the nearest thing to Larsson.

'Roy Keane from Manchester United would be another great addition by offering him the player-manager's role when Martin O'Neill leaves Parkhead.'

James McManus, Dennistoun, said: 'I know Larsson is virtually irreplaceable but we can compensate for his loss by strengthening other areas of the team.

'Stan Petrov has been accepting more responsibility of late and Ross Wallace looks like a real talent.

'It's just a pity what happened to John Kennedy because I honestly thought he was going to be the next Billy McNeill.'

Joseph Morgan, Govan, said: 'I loved the celebrations from Larsson's young son Jordan and he is our best hope of getting Henrik to stay.

'He persuaded his dad to go back and play for Sweden and maybe Martin O'Neill should have a word with him to see if he can do a U-turn for Celtic.'

Phillip Burns, Stevenson, said: 'Everybody is saying that Celtic need to make a big-money signing to replace Larsson but everybody is losing sight of the fact Larsson will turn out to be a very good Bosman signing for some team.

'There's no shame in signing a Bosman player.' James McEnhill, Royston, said: 'I was as gutted as anybody for Larsson on Sunday but the truth is Celtic don't deserve Martin O'Neill.

'Dermot Desmond is more interested in his racehorse as well as Manchester United which means O'Neill isn't getting the money to spend on new players.'

Thomas Gallagher, Lambhill, said: 'I wouldn't blame Neil Lennon if he walked away but I really hope he doesn't give in to this sort of disgraceful behaviour.

'I would just like to reassure him that the Celtic fans are110 per cent behind him. It's time the SFA did something about the abuse he gets at every Scottish ground.'

Thomas Trodden, Coatbridge, said: 'People in society have got to get together to stop this behaviour.

'They should be using professional players like Lennon as role models, not trying to unsettle him.'

Wallace McGowan, Stirling, said: 'I can't believe Morton's collapse in the second half of the season.

'The buck has to stop at John McCormack for failing to win promotion.'

Scott Robertson, Grangemouth, said: 'I'm a Falkirk fan and Inverness should have explored the option of ground-sharing at Pittodrie much earlier in the season.

'The decision has been made for them and raising the issue now just seems like one big smokescreen.'

William Laing, Newbridge, said: 'Falkirk weren't allowed promotion last season but Inverness shouldn't be denied.

'The SPL are right to scrap the 10,000 all-seater rule but Inverness will be signing their own death warrant if they share with Aberdeen.'

Eddie Farrell, Gorbals, said: 'I would like to see the Scottish Cup Final being beamed back to Parkhead for all those Celtic fans who can't get their hands on tickets.

'A minimal charge of pounds 5 would work out fine and there's still time to do it.'

Douglas Dewar, Glenmavis, said: 'I'm a Clyde fan and would just like to thank Alan Kernaghan and his players for a great season.

'It was a pity we fell at the last hurdle but I'm sure some of them will go on to bigger and better things if the club decides to go part-time in the future.'

John Summers, Blantyre, said: 'I was at an Under-15s game between Blantyre Accies and Wishaw Wycombe and it was like a breath of fresh air the other night.

'They're the future of our game rather than bringing in foreigners.'

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Date:May 19, 2004
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