John Hartson

Celtic hero John Hartson was born in Swansea on 5 April 1975 (age 47). 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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Kyogo starts on the bench for Celtic against Rangers in Scottish Cup semi-final
Premier Sports · Apr 17

Kyogo starts on the bench for Celtic against Rangers in Scottish Cup semi-final

JOHN HARTSON wishing A Celtic State of Mind well for Charity Weekender #shorts

JOHN HARTSON wishing A Celtic State of Mind well for Charity Weekender #shorts

Celtic news: hartson FIRES BACK @ nicholas! klimala BLASTS CFC & SPFL! leverkusen injuries?
Irish Mick · Sep 28, 2021

Celtic news: hartson FIRES BACK @ nicholas! klimala BLASTS CFC & SPFL! leverkusen injuries?

Celtic news: kyogo MAJOR BOOST 古橋 亨梧 Giakoumakis debut? Hartson says miracle needed! Raith preview
Irish Mick · Sep 22, 2021

Celtic news: kyogo MAJOR BOOST 古橋 亨梧 Giakoumakis debut? Hartson says miracle needed! Raith preview

John Hartson and Chris Sutton analyse the two nightmare first half goals conceded by Celtic v AZ
Premier Sports · Aug 26, 2021

John Hartson and Chris Sutton analyse the two nightmare first half goals conceded by Celtic v AZ

John Hartson, Chris Sutton discuss what it will take for Celtic to qualify from 2nd leg v AZ Alkmaar
Premier Sports · Aug 26, 2021

John Hartson, Chris Sutton discuss what it will take for Celtic to qualify from 2nd leg v AZ Alkmaar

“Celtic are in a massive transition” – John Hartson, Chris Sutton react to Champions League exit
Premier Sports · Jul 28, 2021

“Celtic are in a massive transition” – John Hartson, Chris Sutton react to Champions League exit

John Hartson gives his thoughts on his former teams Celtic and West Ham meeting in pre-season
Premier Sports · Jul 24, 2021

John Hartson gives his thoughts on his former teams Celtic and West Ham meeting in pre-season

John Hartson on Edouard & Ajer
Celtic Fanzine TV · Jul 19, 2021

John Hartson on Edouard & Ajer

Celtic Soul Episode 84 John Hartson – Celtic Striker, Media Pundit & Celtic Fan
Celtic Fanzine TV · Jul 18, 2021

Celtic Soul Episode 84 John Hartson – Celtic Striker, Media Pundit & Celtic Fan

John Hartson and Chris Sutton give early impressions of Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou
Premier Sports · Jul 17, 2021

John Hartson and Chris Sutton give early impressions of Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou

Talk from the Terrace John Harston Former Celtic Striker, Media Pundit & Celtic Fan
Celtic Fanzine TV · Jul 15, 2021

Talk from the Terrace John Harston Former Celtic Striker, Media Pundit & Celtic Fan

John Hartson on the Champions League challenge for Ange Postecoglou
Celtic Fanzine TV · Jul 10, 2021

John Hartson on the Champions League challenge for Ange Postecoglou

John Hartson; Vinny Perth; Europa League reaction | THE FOOTBALL SHOW
Off the Ball · Mar 11, 2021

John Hartson; Vinny Perth; Europa League reaction | THE FOOTBALL SHOW

JOHN HARTSON | Ireland & Wales’ relationship status | Celtic cousins or bitter rivals?
Off the Ball · Feb 5, 2021

JOHN HARTSON | Ireland & Wales’ relationship status | Celtic cousins or bitter rivals?

CELTIC LEGENDS LIVE, in association with 1st Star! TONIGHT from 7.30pm UK Time
Celtic Huddle Podcast · Nov 27, 2020

CELTIC LEGENDS LIVE, in association with 1st Star! TONIGHT from 7.30pm UK Time

John Hartson | Is the Scottish league competitive?; Shane Duffy debut; Arsenal’s winning start
Off the Ball · Sep 15, 2020

John Hartson | Is the Scottish league competitive?; Shane Duffy debut; Arsenal’s winning start

OTB AM | Ronan O’Gara, John Hartson, Bernard Brogan, inter-county managers
Off the Ball · Sep 15, 2020

OTB AM | Ronan O’Gara, John Hartson, Bernard Brogan, inter-county managers

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 26 Johnston, McDonald & Hartson
Celtic Fanzine TV · Sep 11, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 26 Johnston, McDonald & Hartson

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 6 John Hartson
Celtic Fanzine TV · Sep 5, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 6 John Hartson

Neil Lennon emotionally recalls Stiliyan Petrov cancer | Hartson’s resilience | The bond at Celtic
Off the Ball · Aug 21, 2020

Neil Lennon emotionally recalls Stiliyan Petrov cancer | Hartson’s resilience | The bond at Celtic

Is Celtic’s Edouard a No.9 or 10? Strachan and Hartson debate!
Celtic TV · Aug 19, 2020

Is Celtic’s Edouard a No.9 or 10? Strachan and Hartson debate!

OTB AM: John Hartson, LOI return with Stuey, FA Cup, OTB in Kenya, Newcastle-Saudi Collapse |
Off the Ball · Jul 31, 2020

OTB AM: John Hartson, LOI return with Stuey, FA Cup, OTB in Kenya, Newcastle-Saudi Collapse |

OTB AM | John Hartson, LOI return with Stuart Byrne, FA Cup, OTB in Kenya
Off the Ball · Jul 30, 2020

OTB AM | John Hartson, LOI return with Stuart Byrne, FA Cup, OTB in Kenya

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Celtic Soul Episode 84 John Hartson – Celtic Striker, Media Pundit & Celtic Fan
Celtic Soul · Jul 18, 2021

Celtic Soul Episode 84 John Hartson – Celtic Striker, Media Pundit & Celtic Fan

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 26 Johnston, McDonald & Hartson
Celtic Soul · Sep 11, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 26 Johnston, McDonald & Hartson

Sportsound Podcast: 04 Aug 20
BBC Sportsound · Aug 4, 2020

Sportsound Podcast: 04 Aug 20

Redknapp, O’Neill, success and battling adversity with John Hartson
Football CFB Podcast · Aug 3, 2020

Redknapp, O’Neill, success and battling adversity with John Hartson

Redknapp, O’Neill, success and battling adversity with John Hartson
Football CFB Podcast · Jul 23, 2020

Redknapp, O’Neill, success and battling adversity with John Hartson

Sportsound Podcast: 13 Jul 20
BBC Sportsound · Jul 13, 2020

Sportsound Podcast: 13 Jul 20

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 6 John Hartson
Celtic Soul · Jun 16, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 6 John Hartson

Sportsound Podcast: 25 May 20
BBC Sportsound · May 24, 2020

Sportsound Podcast: 25 May 20

Sportsound Podcast: 18 May 20
BBC Sportsound · May 18, 2020

Sportsound Podcast: 18 May 20

2020-04-05 The Celtic View Podcast 2020 E10 John Hartson
The Celtic View · Apr 5, 2020

2020-04-05 The Celtic View Podcast 2020 E10 John Hartson

Sportsound Podcast: 23 Jan 20
BBC Sportsound · Jan 23, 2020

Sportsound Podcast: 23 Jan 20

Sportsound Podcast : 20 Jan 20. Discussing Scottish football’s gambling problems.
BBC Sportsound · Jan 20, 2020

Sportsound Podcast : 20 Jan 20. Discussing Scottish football’s gambling problems.

Sportsound Podcast: 15 Jan 20
BBC Sportsound · Jan 15, 2020

Sportsound Podcast: 15 Jan 20

Sportsound Podcast: 13 Dec 19
BBC Sportsound · Dec 13, 2019

Sportsound Podcast: 13 Dec 19

Si Ferry Meets… John Hartson Ep 2 – Seville run, Martin O’Neill, Celtic in EPL, Gordon Strachan
Open Goal · Apr 2, 2018

Si Ferry Meets… John Hartson Ep 2 – Seville run, Martin O’Neill, Celtic in EPL, Gordon Strachan

Si Ferry Meets… John Hartson Ep 1 – Arsenal, West Ham, Crazy Gang, Rangers Medical, Joining Celtic
Open Goal · Mar 26, 2018

Si Ferry Meets… John Hartson Ep 1 – Arsenal, West Ham, Crazy Gang, Rangers Medical, Joining Celtic

Sportsound podcast 29 Oct 17
BBC Sportsound · Oct 29, 2017

Sportsound podcast 29 Oct 17

Sportsound Podcast: John Hartson in-depth interview.
BBC Sportsound · Sep 17, 2017

Sportsound Podcast: John Hartson in-depth interview.