John Hartson

Read all the news about Celtic hero John Hartson. John Hartson was born in Swansea on 5 April 1975 (age 44). Follow @JohnHartson10 on Twitter.

In August 2001 Hartson joined Celtic in a £6m transfer. He played for the Scottish Premier League club for five seasons. In March 2004, he dropped out for the remainder of the football season for surgery to his back; however, he recovered in time for Wales’ unsuccessful qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup.

In April 2005 he shared the Scottish PFA Players’ Player of the Year award with Fernando Ricksen and a short time later in May he was voted the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year.

On 6 November 2005 Hartson scored his 100th goal for Celtic against Falkirk. He scored the only goal against Hearts, on 5 April 2006, (his 31st birthday) to clinch the title for Celtic.

Hartson was sent off on a number of occasions, one being a notable dismissal towards the end of an Old Firm derby, when he was sent-off for violent conduct along with Celtic team-mate Johan Mjällby and Rangers player Fernando Ricksen. Hartson’s dismissal was overturned on appeal.

In December 2002, Celtic defeated Celta Vigo in the first leg of a third round UEFA Cup tie 1-0. Celtic were beaten 2-1 in Vigo, thus progressing on the “away goals” rule to the next round due to John Hartson’s turn and strike. This was the first time that Celtic had remained in European competition after Christmas since the 1970s. In March 2003, Celtic faced Liverpool in the UEFA Cup at the quarter final stage, with the first leg ending in a 1-1 draw in Glasgow. In the return leg at Anfield, John Hartson fired the club’s goal of the season with a strike past Jerzy Dudek into the top corner from over 25 yards out. Celtic won this match 2-0, progressing to the semi-final, where they knocked out Boavista of Portugal to progress to the final. Unfortunately for John Hartson, after playing a major role in getting Celtic all the way through the tournament, most notably with his strikes in Liverpool and Vigo, as well as many assists, he was ruled out of the final through injury. Celtic were defeated 3-2 in the final after extra time by Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto

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John Hartson challenges Celtic star to prove his worth

Celtic fan-favourite and striker Leigh Griffiths faces an uphill battle for playing time, but now is his time to prove what he is worth to the club.

‘You see it as a challenge’ – John Hartson expects Celtic forward to fight for his place

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has urged current Hoops forward Leigh Griffiths to stay at the club and fight for his place following the arrival of Patryk Klimala this week...

The Boot Room · Jan 16

John Hartson delivers brutally honest verdict on new Celtic striker Patryk Klimala

John Hartson has told BBC Sport that he does not believe Patryk Klimala is the finished article, but is confident the Polish star can become a good signing for Celtic after the Hoops paid £3.4million to land the striker...

The Boot Room · Jan 16

John Hartson Unsure Over Celtic Star’s Future

JOHN HARTSON has told the BBC Neil Lennon has a major task on his hands trying to keep some of his players happy in the second half of the season and pointed to Leigh Griffiths as an example.

John Hartson claims Celtic need to copy Rangers in one area

Former Celtic and Wales footballer John Hartson claims that Celtic need to copy one aspect that Rangers have done this season.

HITC · Jan 16

‘Like Rangers have’: John Hartson makes transfer claim to Celtic, questions 2 players

Both Celtic and Rangers will return to action this weekend after a strong first-half showing in the Premiership...

HITC · Jan 16
67HailHail · Jan 16

John Hartson delivers verdict on Celtic’s January business so far

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has delivered his verdict on the transfer window business done by the Hoops so far in the January window.

67HailHail · Jan 16
The Celtic Star · Jan 16

Ex-Celt Striker Backs Griffiths to Challenge Klimala

Ex-Celtic striker John Hartson has said that Leigh Griffiths should relish the arrival of Patryck Klimala.

The Celtic Star · Jan 16
BBC · Jan 15

Griffiths should relish Klimala challenge – Hartson

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths should see the arrival of Patryk Klimala as “a challenge”, says former Parkhead forward John Hartson...

BBC · Jan 15

Griff: Hartson Offers Advice

CELTIC hero John Hartson insists Leigh Griffiths should see the £3.5million arrival of Polish striker Patryk Klimala as “a challenge” and respond to it in the best way possible.

Read Celtic · Jan 13

Sutton sends transfer warning to Celtic as he emphasises the importance of beating Rangers to January signing

Chris Sutton has urged Celtic to beat Rangers to the signing of Tyrese Campbell this month, using John Hartson’s situation prior to his Parkhead move to sum up his point...

Read Celtic · Jan 13
67HailHail · Jan 10

Our View: Celtic have brilliant chance to use financial clout to upstage Rangers in coming days

In days gone by Celtic would often have competition from noisy neighbours Rangers in the pursuit of transfer targets.

67HailHail · Jan 10
ACSOM · Jan 7

A Celtic State of Mind – LIVE dates for 2020 including Martin O’Neill, Brian McClair, Chris Sutton, John Hartson & Danny McGrain

Paul John Dykes has interviewed some of Celtic’s greatest icons, including Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain, George Connelly, Bertie Auld, Bobby Lennox and Neil Lennon...

ACSOM · Jan 7
67HailHail · Jan 10

Celtic hero makes VAR joke on controversial goal anniversary

Former Celtic striker John Hartson can have a joke now about one of his most controversial goals.

67HailHail · Jan 10
67HailHail · Jan 7

BT Sport pundit makes intriguing Celtic transfer prediction

With the January transfer window open for seven days, it is interesting to note that as yet Celtic have not signed anyone.

67HailHail · Jan 7
Evening Times · Jan 7

Scott Sinclair to Preston: John Hartson believes winger and Celtic were good for each other as he verges on departure

Celtic hero John Hartson has given his thoughts on Scott Sinclair’s time at Parkhead as the winger prepares to leave the club...

Evening Times · Jan 7
HITC · Jan 7

‘Phenomenal’, ‘Sad’: Scott Brown & John Hartson comment on potential Celtic transfer

Celtic winger Scott Sinclair has seen his game time at Parkhead reduced ever since Neil Lennon returned to the club...

HITC · Jan 7
The Celtic Bhoys · Dec 31, 2019

Gerrard slammed for disrespecting Lennon after win at Celtic

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard’s ‘disrespectful’ behaviour after beating Celtic 2-1 at Parkhead has been criticised by John Hartson.

The Celtic Bhoys · Dec 31, 2019
Metro · Dec 31, 2019

John Hartson calls out Steven Gerrard for disrespecting Neil Lennon after Rangers beat Celtic

Continue reading “John Hartson calls out Steven Gerrard for disrespecting Neil Lennon after Rangers beat Celtic” on Metro.

Metro · Dec 31, 2019
BBC Sportsound · Jan 15

Sportsound Podcast: 15 Jan 20

John Hartson and Kenny Miller talk strikers, Morelos, Scottish Cup and more...

BBC Sportsound · Jan 15
Inside Futbol · Jan 7

Celtic Star Flies Out of Training Camp Ahead of Move While Bhoys Legend Expects Additions

Celtic star Scott Sinclair is flying for talks with Preston as Bhoys legend John Hartson now expects signings...

Inside Futbol · Jan 7
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