Glasgow Celtic legend Henrik Larsson has paid tribute to the Hoops for agreeing to loan Kundai Benyu to his Helsingborg side.

The Zimbabwean-born Englishman is set to spend the upcoming season in Sweden.

Celtic loanee Benyu made his first start for Helsingborg this weekend against Falkenberg and he repaid the faith that Larsson showed in him by going on to score a goal.

Benyu joined the Hoops during the summer of 2017 from English club Ipswich Town.

He has so far made just one Scottish Premiership appearance for the Glasgow club.

Whilst on the books of the Hoops, the two-times capped Zimbabwe international had an unsuccessful loan spell with Oldham Athletic.

The Celtic fringe figure now however does have a good chance to make amends for that unsuccessful spell.

He can use his time under Larsson in order to gain more experience at the highest level and develop his craft with a view to possibly breaking into the Hoops first-team by next season.

With Scott Brown now aging and Celtic having a number of young midfielders who could end up leaving the club next summer should they impress, the Hoops will likely need to bring in midfield reinforcements next summer.

Should Benyu impress, Celtic should certainly look at integrating him back into the first-team ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Larsson has spoken highly of the midfielder.

“He was very, very good and showed why he is a Celtic player,” the Hoops legend said, as reported by The Scottish Sun. 

“He’s had some problems with fitness, but his movement and finish was superb.

“He’s confident on the ball and helps us out both in attack and defence so we are delighted that we’ve got him.

“I expect him to kick on from his first start and first goal.”

Neil Lennon’s Celtic side got their 2019/20 season off to the best possible start with a 7-0 victory over St Johnstone on Saturday.

The Hoops will be looking to win a ninth successive Scottish Premiership title this season.


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