John Hartson

Celtic hero 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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VideoCelts · 11h

BBC Scotland host Kenny MacIntyre under attack after attempt to ambush John Hartson

You are a horrible person . You’re treatment of John Hartson who phoned up to help Brian Rice is disgusting...

Gerrard Should be Ashamed – Ex-Celt Ruffles Feathers During BBC Interview

John Hartson has not changed his mind about Alfredo Morelos and his cut throat gesture three weeks on since the incident.

Scotzine · Jan 21

Celtic Hero in Gerrard ‘Ashamed’ Blast

FORMER Celtic goal hero John Hartson has attacked Rangers boss Steven Gerrard for defending Alfredo Morelos’ ‘slit-throat’ gesture at the end of the Ibrox side’s 2-1 win over Celtic at Parkhead last month...

The Celtic Star · Jan 21

‘What John is saying Morelos is a liar and Rangers are lying,’ Derek Ferguson

ANY pretence that BBC Sportsound is in any way impartial was blown out the water last night as the presenter and the latest Rangers apologist appeared to combine forces to have a go a Celtic legend John Hartson from his tweet at the weekend in which he called out the Ibrox club and Alfredo Morelos...

BBC Sportsound · Jan 20

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

Michael Stewart, Derek Ferguson, John Hartson & Hamilton chairman Allan Maitland debate gambling within the game, as Accies manager Brian Rice faces SFA gambling charges...

Daily Record · Jan 20

John Hartson in Alfredo Morelos Rangers blast during astonishing BBC bust up

Hartson aimed a blistering attack on the club for how they’ve dealt with the striker’s controversial gesture against Celtic...

The Celtic Star · Jan 19

‘Morally dreadful,’ Celtic legend John Hartson is also ‘Astounded’

CELTIC LEGEND John Hartson has reacted to the Rangers Statement issued yesterday afternoon where the latest Ibrox club let it be known that they as a (new) club as ‘astounded’ at the Scottish FA’s charges announced on Friday afternoon relating to their collective bad behaviour at two Premiership matches in December, against Hibs and Celtic...

John Hartson challenges Celtic star to prove his worth

Celtic fan-favourite and striker Leigh Griffiths faces an uphill battle for playing time, but now is his time to prove what he is worth to the club.

Transfer Tavern · Jan 17

‘You see it as a challenge’ – John Hartson expects Celtic forward to fight for his place

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has urged current Hoops forward Leigh Griffiths to stay at the club and fight for his place following the arrival of Patryk Klimala this week...

Celts Are Here · Jan 17

John Hartson Unsure Over Celtic Star’s Future

JOHN HARTSON has told the BBC Neil Lennon has a major task on his hands trying to keep some of his players happy in the second half of the season and pointed to Leigh Griffiths as an example.

John Hartson claims Celtic need to copy Rangers in one area

Former Celtic and Wales footballer John Hartson claims that Celtic need to copy one aspect that Rangers have done this season.

HITC · Jan 16

John Hartson shares brutally honest views on Celtic fans & their minds changing about Rangers

Celtic are two points clear of Rangers in the Premiership table...

HITC · Jan 16

‘Like Rangers have’: John Hartson makes transfer claim to Celtic, questions 2 players

Both Celtic and Rangers will return to action this weekend after a strong first-half showing in the Premiership...

67HailHail · Jan 16

John Hartson delivers verdict on Celtic’s January business so far

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has delivered his verdict on the transfer window business done by the Hoops so far in the January window.

The Boot Room · Jan 16

John Hartson delivers brutally honest verdict on new Celtic striker Patryk Klimala

John Hartson has told BBC Sport that he does not believe Patryk Klimala is the finished article, but is confident the Polish star can become a good signing for Celtic after the Hoops paid £3.4million to land the striker...

The Celtic Star · Jan 16

Ex-Celt Striker Backs Griffiths to Challenge Klimala

Ex-Celtic striker John Hartson has said that Leigh Griffiths should relish the arrival of Patryck Klimala.

Griff: Hartson Offers Advice

CELTIC hero John Hartson insists Leigh Griffiths should see the £3.5million arrival of Polish striker Patryk Klimala as “a challenge” and respond to it in the best way possible.

BBC · Jan 15

Griffiths should relish Klimala challenge – Hartson

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths should see the arrival of Patryk Klimala as “a challenge”, says former Parkhead forward John Hartson...

BBC Sportsound · Jan 15

Sportsound Podcast: 15 Jan 20

John Hartson and Kenny Miller talk strikers, Morelos, Scottish Cup and more...

Read Celtic · Jan 13

Sutton sends transfer warning to Celtic as he emphasises the importance of beating Rangers to January signing

Chris Sutton has urged Celtic to beat Rangers to the signing of Tyrese Campbell this month, using John Hartson’s situation prior to his Parkhead move to sum up his point...

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