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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Read Celtic · May 21

Former Celtic star makes bold claim about the future for Hoops youngster

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has heaped praise on Celtic’s 16-year-old starlet Karamoko Dembele, claiming the youngster ‘can be the best of all’ the club’s academy graduates.

Read Celtic · May 21
67HailHail · May 21

“That ship has sailed” Club legend believes Celtic missed a trick

Celtic great John Hartson has claimed that he would’ve like to have seen new Scotland boss Steve Clarke at Celtic.

67HailHail · May 21
HITC · May 8

John Hartson admits ‘surprise’ at one ‘outstanding’ Celtic talent

Celtic will be preparing for the final O** F*** clash of the season which takes place on Sunday...

HITC · May 8
67HailHail · May 7

‘Very angry’ – Celtic legend doubts that fans will forgive controversial manager any time soon

Former Celtic striker John Hartson doesn’t believe that the Hoops fans will forgive Brendan Rodgers for leaving the club any time soon.

67HailHail · May 7
Inside Futbol · May 7

Celtic Legend Surprised By 21-Year-Old Bhoy Not Being Nominated For Award

John Hartson has admitted he was surprised by the omission of Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award...

Inside Futbol · May 7
Inside Futbol · May 7

Neil Lennon Still Best Man For Celtic Job – Bhoys Legend

John Hartson believes that Neil Lennon is still the best man for the permanent job at Celtic...

Inside Futbol · May 7
Evening Times · May 7

John Hartson: It will be a long time before Brendan Rodgers will be welcomed back by Celtic fans

I meet fans all the time, and they are still very angry and very disappointed over the way Brendan Rodgers left the club...

Evening Times · May 7
67HailHail · May 21

“I’ve been told” John Hartson provides update on Karamoko Dembele

Celtic hero John Hartson has claimed that teenage sensation Karamoko Dembele is holding his own in first-team training.

67HailHail · May 21
VideoCelts · May 15

Bye-Bye Boyata, Lions Roar On Canvas and Dreadful By Numbers

On the supporter side of things a brilliant Lisbon portrait emerged, so good that John Hartson opted to comment on it...

VideoCelts · May 15
The Celtic Star · May 14

Backlash on social media against Lenny ‘just didn’t feel right,’ Hartson

JOHN HARTSON has hit out at the massive backlash that his mate Neil Lennon has had to endure on social media since the defeat at Ibrox on Sunday in the Dead Rubber...

The Celtic Star · May 14
Evening Times · May 14

John Hartson: Kevin Clancy’s Jon Flanagan blunder typical of bungling refs this season

HOW on earth referee Kevin Clancy saw the incident between Jon Flanagan and Scott Brown and decided that it merited just a yellow card is beyond me...

Evening Times · May 14
Celts Are Here · May 13

Ex-Celt Sends Defiant Message After Ibrox Defeat

JOHN HARTSON tends to wear his heart on his sleeve and this morning as he took to social media he wanted to remind everyone there’s much more at stake than what happened at Ibrox on Sunday...

Celts Are Here · May 13
67HailHail · May 9

Welsh legend “surprised” at Hoops man’s awards snub

John Hartson admits he was surprised to find out that Kristoffer Ajer wasn’t in the running for the PFA’s Young Player of the Year award.

67HailHail · May 9
Inside Futbol · May 14

Ibrox Loss Does Not Signal Power Shift Insists Celtic Legend

Celtic legend John Hartson insists defeat to Rangers does not signal a power shift in Scotland...

Inside Futbol · May 14
67HailHail · May 14

Yet another Celtic legend takes swipe at Ibrox rivals

John Hartson’s verdict on the balance of power in Glasgow won’t surprise many.

67HailHail · May 14
67HailHail · May 7

Celtic managerial target was an “absolute disgrace”

John Hartson believes that Jose Mourinho’s antics in the UEFA Cup final of 2003 was an “absolute disgrace”.

67HailHail · May 7
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