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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67HailHail · Apr 16

‘Great’ – Celtic legend names stand-out performer in the win over Aberdeen

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has admitted that he was impressed with Jonny Hayes’ performance for the Hoops against Aberdeen.

67HailHail · Apr 16
Scotzine · Apr 16

Hartson’s Plea to Celtic Bosses

JOHN HARTSON has urged the Celtic board to give his former team-mate Neil Lennon the manager’s job – NOW!

Scotzine · Apr 16

‘the Whole Country Would Be Going Absolutely Mental,’ Celtic Hero Looks at Hampden Role Reversal

FORMER Celtic striker John Hartson claims cops and the SFA would have been called in and the country would be “going absolutely mental” if Celtic had misbehaved in the manner of Aberdeen on Sunday...

Evening Times · Apr 16

John Hartson: It’s good to see Neil Lennon now making his own mark on Celtic team

IT’S good to see Neil Lennon starting to put his own influence into the Celtic team now as he gets his feet back under the table...

Evening Times · Apr 16
Evening Times · Apr 16

John Hartson: If Celtic had behaved the way Aberdeen did, all hell would be breaking out

LET’S just imagine for a minute that Aberdeen had beaten Celtic 3-0 on Sunday, Celtic had two men sent off and Neil Lennon had been sent to the stand for making a gesture to the crowd...

Evening Times · Apr 16
67HailHail · Apr 10

Former Celt: Celtic shouldn’t appoint Neil Lennon

Former Celtic star Charlie Nicholas has claimed that the club needs to go for a fresh approach over Neil Lennon.

67HailHail · Apr 10
HITC · Apr 9

John Hartson names the Celtic player who is a real thoroughbred

Continue reading “John Hartson names the Celtic player who is a real thoroughbred” on HITC.

HITC · Apr 9
67HailHail · Apr 9

Celtic have “no chance” of keeping star man next season, according to former hero

Celtic great John Hartson believes that centre-back Dedryck Boyata is definitely set for a summer departure.

67HailHail · Apr 9
Daily Star · Apr 9

John Hartson reveals the REAL reason why Celtic have ‘no chance’ of keeping Dedryck Boyata

CELTIC have “no chance” of keeping Dedryck Boyata at the club because he can demand huge wages elsewhere when he leaves...

Daily Star · Apr 9
Evening Times · Apr 8

John Hartson: Dedrck Boyata can earn £100,000-a-week in Germany – Celtic have no chance of keeping him

I CAN understand why Neil Lennon is still hopeful that Dedryck Boyata will decide to stay at Celtic beyond the summer despite suggestions over the weekend that is poised to join Hertha Berlin...

Evening Times · Apr 8

John Hartson On Who Was Needed Today For Celtic And He Is Spot On

For the past week I have watched Celtic players whip balls into the box, most of the time good zipped in passes were landing in the danger areas but there never seemed to be a Celtic player to take advantage...

67HailHail · Apr 4

Celtic heroes combine to criticise ridiculous decision

Former Celtic strikers John Hartson and Simon Donnelly have had an amusing exchange on Twitter regarding the Scott Brown news.

67HailHail · Apr 4
Read Celtic · Apr 4

Celtic legends slam SFA for charging Scott Brown after Glasgow Derby

Former Celtic strikers John Hartson and Chris Sutton have slammed the Scottish Football Association after they charged Scott Brown for celebrating in front of the Rangers fans following his side’s 2-1 victory in Sunday’s Glasgow Derby...

Read Celtic · Apr 4

“Beyond Belief, Shambolic” – Furious Hartson Puzzled At Outrageous SFA Incompetence

John Hartson is the lasted ex-Celt to have his say on the “shambolic” news this morning from SFA headquarters.

Inside Futbol · Apr 2

Rangers Players Need To Learn Not To Be Provoked – Former Celtic Star

John Hartson feels Rangers did know how to deal with Scott Brown’s provocation in the Glasgow derby...

Inside Futbol · Apr 2
Celts Are Here · Apr 16

John Hartson Slams McInnes and his Thug Aberdeen Side

JOHN HARTSON has hit the nail on the head but time in his latest Evening Times column as he condemns Aberdeen for their actions and temperament during the Scottish Cup Semi Final...

Celts Are Here · Apr 16
Evening Times · Apr 16

John Hartson: Forrest may pip McGregor to POTY, but either would deserve it

JAMES Forrest has been absolutely tremendous this season, and I agree with his equally outstanding teammate Callum McGregor that he might just shade the player of the year award now...

Evening Times · Apr 16

Big Bad John – “It’s Scott Brown’s Fault”

As the battle for common sense versus idiot rages on, the good guys have just scored with a John Hartson’s cheeky tweet Was meant to go for a nice game of golf today but it’s snowing Gutted!

67HailHail · Apr 2

Celtic legend criticises Rangers’ hypocrisy

John Hartson has criticised Rangers for their hypocrisy and stated that Celtic did nothing wrong on Sunday.

67HailHail · Apr 2
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