John Hartson

Celtic hero John Hartson was born in Swansea on 5 April 1975 (age 45). 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 · Sep 25

John Hartson hails former Celtic strike partner Maciej Zurawski

67HailHail · Sep 24

Celtic great John Hartson reacts to Neil Lennon dropping Albian Ajeti in Riga

Off the Ball · Sep 15

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

Off the Ball · Sep 15

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

67HailHail · Sep 12

John Hartson delighted with Celtic signing of Shane Duffy

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 26 Johnston, McDonald & Hartson

Celtic Soul · Sep 11

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 26 Johnston, McDonald & Hartson

67HailHail · Sep 10

John Hartson predicts wild Celtic celebrations despite COVID guidance

Hartson getting stick from Celtic fans, info on Ross County’s Pay-Per-View, delicious from CSC Norway

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 6 John Hartson

67HailHail · Sep 3

John Hartson responds to SPFL throwback post; Celtic fans react

The Boot Room · Sep 2

John Hartson and Paddy McCourt react as Celtic make ‘tremendous’ loan signing

Soccerlens · Sep 2

‘Excellent signing’ – John Hartson shares reacts as 28-yr-old completes Celtic transfer

HITC · Sep 2

John Hartson reacts to news coming out of Celtic

Glasgow Live · Aug 31

Former Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson calls Kieran Tierney ‘future Gunners captain’

Celtic Fans Show Teeth As Hartson Puts Faith In Friend

Celtic Fans Pay Price Of Tactical Failure As Signings Are Badly Needed

67HailHail · Aug 27

John Hartson defends Celtic boss Neil Lennon on Twitter; Scott McDonald chips in

Celts Are Here · Aug 27

John Hartson Addresses ‘Negative’ Celtic Support

Soccerlens · Aug 27

Chris Sutton and John Hartson tear into Celtic after shock Champions League exit

John Hartson roasts Celtic after shock Champions League exit

Daily Record · Aug 26

John Hartson roasts Celtic over ‘incredibly disappointing’ Europe exit

Off the Ball · Aug 21

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

Celtic TV · Aug 19

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

Evening Times · Aug 19

Ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton explains why John Hartson and Gordon Strachan are wrong about Odsonne Edouard

Celts Are Here · Aug 19

‘They Were Both Wrong’ – Chris Sutton Can’t Believe ‘Petty’ Celtic Argument

Soccerlens · Aug 19

‘Absolutely shocking’ – John Hartson slams 25-yr-old facing uncertain future at Celtic

Herald Scotland · Aug 19

Ex-Celtic striker John Hartson hits out at Boli Bolingoli for ‘shocking behaviour’ with trip to Spain

Evening Times · Aug 19

Ex-Celtic striker John Hartson hits out at Boli Bolingoli for ‘shocking behaviour’ with trip to Spain

67HailHail · Aug 19

John Hartson unimpressed with KR Reykjavik as Celtic destroy Icelandic champions

Daily Record · Aug 18

Boli Bolingoli put Celtic players lives ‘at risk’ insists John Hartson

VideoCelts · Aug 13

Michael Stewart takes aim at BBC Scotland over his Celtic role

Glasgow Live · Aug 11

Celtic legend John Hartson joins former team-mates in condemning Boli Bolingoli

The Sun · Aug 10

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson says Celtic should demand £40m for Gunners transfer target Odsonne Edouard

John Hartson calls out Celtic stars after awful display

The Boot Room · Aug 9

‘That wasn’t good enough’: John Hartson criticises ‘excellent’ Celtic player after 1-1 draw

Soccerlens · Aug 9

Chris Sutton and John Hartson react to Celtic’s frustrating 1-1 draw on Twitter

67HailHail · Aug 9

John Hartson rips into Celtic stars after Kilmarnock draw

HITC · Aug 9

‘Want him to stay’: SkySports pundit warns Leeds & Villa about links with hitman

Glasgow Live · Aug 9

Lewis Capaldi praised by legendary Celtic striker John Hartson as photo resurfaces

Sky Sports Celtic Decision

Sportsound Podcast: 04 Aug 20

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

Football CFB · Aug 2

Is Odsonne Edouard the best Celtic striker since Henrik Larsson?

HITC · Aug 2

‘Hope he’s listening’: Hartson sends passionate plea to Celtic ace live on Sky

Sky Sports · Aug 2

Where can record-chasing Celtic strengthen?

Off the Ball · Jul 31

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

Off the Ball · Jul 30

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

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