John Hartson

Read all the news about Celtic hero John Hartson. John Hartson was born in Swansea on 5 April 1975 (age 43). 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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Celts Are Here · Dec 18

John Hartson Slams Critics of Under-Fire Celtic Star

It would have seemed unthinkable at the start of the season there could be a successful Celtic team without a fit Scott Brown but after the player went down with an injury the team excelled from mediocrity and began to play some really attractive football...

Celts Are Here · Dec 18

Valencia tie is winnable according to former Celtic striker

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has claimed that the Scottish champions can beat Valencia in the last 32 of the Europa League, despite the Spaniards being overwhelming favourites to progress.

Soccerlens · Dec 18

‘Best thing since sliced bread’: Hartson says Celtic key player could find something ‘tempting’

originally posted on Sportslens.com Former Celtic player John Hartson says that Celtic midfielder Scott Brown may find a move to Australia ‘tempting’, although he doesn’t believe that the move will take place.

Soccerlens · Dec 18

Celtic Need ‘Two Or Three Additions,’ Hartson

CELTIC legend John Hartson believes his old club need “two or three additions” as they prepare for the challenges at home and in Europe.

Celts Are Here · Dec 13

John Hartson Heartfelt Message to Celtic Star In-front of UK Wide Audience

Ex-Celtic star John Hartson has given a very heartfelt and touching messaging to Leigh Griffiths as the player gets set to take a step back from football to deal with ongoing issues in his personal life...

Celts Are Here · Dec 13
Evening Times · Dec 12

John Hartson: I’d love to mentor Leigh Griffiths as I know what he is going through

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has told Leigh Griffiths that his door will always be open should the 28-year-old wish his advice and support...

Evening Times · Dec 12
Herald Scotland · Dec 12

John Hartson: I’d love to mentor Leigh Griffiths as I know what he is going through

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has told Leigh Griffiths that his door will always be open should the 28-year-old wish his advice and support...

Herald Scotland · Dec 12
VideoCelts · Dec 11

BBC Scotland reporter defends Kenny Clark’s After Dinner routine

To howls of approval at a dinner in Dunfermline the former referee relived how he ignored a brutal foul on John Hartson because the Celtic striker had won an appeal against a red card issued by Clark...

VideoCelts · Dec 11
HITC · Dec 11

John Hartson names two Celtic players Rodgers should leave out against Salzburg

Celtic’s Scottish Premiership manager Brendan Rodgers has a decision to make ahead of The Hoops’ Europa League clash with Red Bull Salzburg...

HITC · Dec 11

Ex-Celtic Goal Hero Posts Party Snap with Ibrox Flop

Former Celtic goal hero John Hartson has been working as a pundit in Qatar for the past week and he’s made an unlikely friend in the process.

VideoCelts · Dec 11

John Hartson’s u-turn

Had you asked me in October, I would have said that Rodgers would trust his captain even at 70 per cent for such a big night...

VideoCelts · Dec 11
Inside Futbol · Dec 18

No Crisis At Celtic But We Must Sign Three Players – Bhoys Legend

Celtic legend John Hartson has told the Bhoys to bring in three attacking players in the January transfer window...

Inside Futbol · Dec 18
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