Shaun Rooney grew up watching the likes of Henrik Larsson at Celtic Park – and he can’t quite believe he’s joined the same club as him.
The right-back scored the winner in St Johnstone’s League Cup triumph over Livingston in February and repeated the trick against Hibs in the Scottish Cup showpiece, with his goal sealing a 1-0 win. Nicknamed ‘the Bellshill Cafu,’ Rooney is the fifth player this century to score in both cup finals in the same season, Celtic pair Larsson and Tom Rogic on the list.
Rangers legends Kris Boyd and Barry Ferguson are there too, Rooney joining them after securing an unprecedented double for the Saints: “That’s not bad company, especially the one name – Larsson. I’ve never been compared to Larsson and I never will be!
“I remember his final game and Seville too. Then when he came back to Celtic Park for testimonials. I probably saw a good three years of him and then he went to Barcelona and Manchester United. I’ll take big Tom Rogic too. He is more recent. It’s a great stat to have. Hopefully I can score in two finals again next season!
“My dad reads more into that sort of stuff than me. I’m not really a big fan of it. Maybe after my career I will look back on all that. Both my cup final goals were good but I’d say this was my favourite. I saw on Twitter the other day it was 10,000-1 for us to win both cups. That’s impossible really isn’t it?”
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