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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Daily Record · Feb 14

What the Celtic legends say on a sobering night for the Hoops

John Hartson and Scott McDonald pulled no punches as they dissected what went wrong in the 2-0 loss to Valencia...

Daily Record · Feb 14
Celts Are Here · Feb 11

John Hartson Singles Out One Celtic Star After Demolition Job

It was a day when the whole Celtic team clicked and showed exactly how good they can be when they are entirely on their game...

Celts Are Here · Feb 11
HITC · Feb 14

Chris Sutton and John Hartson’s immediate reaction to Celtic defeat

Continue reading “Chris Sutton and John Hartson’s immediate reaction to Celtic defeat” on HITC.

HITC · Feb 14
Inside Futbol · Feb 12

Celtic Must Make This Selection Call Against Valencia – Bhoys Legend

Celtic legend John Hartson has told the Bhoys to pick Craig Gordon over Scott Bain against Valencia...

Inside Futbol · Feb 12

Legend Calls for Gordon Return

CELTIC legend John Hartson has urged Brendan Rodgers to bring back Craig Gordon against Valencia for the Europa League clash at Parkhead on Thursday...

HITC · Feb 11

John Hartson wants teenage talent at Celtic next season

Timothy Weah joined Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in the January transfer window...

HITC · Feb 11
HITC · Feb 11

John Hartson absolutely blown away by one Celtic January signing

Oliver Burke joined Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic on loan from West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window...

HITC · Feb 11
Inside Futbol · Jan 29

Make Signings In These Two Positions Before Window Shuts, Celtic Legend Tells Bhoys

Celtic legend John Hartson has told the club to strengthen in two areas before the transfer window shuts...

Inside Futbol · Jan 29

John Hartson delivers damning verdict after Celtic controversies

But I think the errors are worse now. The mistakes that have been made this weekend are always going to cause a furore.

HITC · Feb 5

Celtic hero John Hartson says Gerrard’s Rangers claims now look silly

O** F*** rivals Celtic and Rangers are going head-to-head for the Scottish Premiership title this season...

HITC · Feb 5

Broony’s ‘Unfinished Business’

CELTIC legend John Hartson believes there is no-one better than Scott Brown to drive the champions to their eighth successive Premier League crown this season.

Scotzine · Jan 29

Legend Praises ‘Winner’ Lennon

JOHN HARTSON reckons it is “a shame” his former Celtic team-mate Neil Lennon’s time as manager of Hibs looks like having an unhappy ending...

Scotzine · Jan 29
Inside Futbol · Jan 24

This Could Open Door For Olivier Ntcham Porto Move – Former Celtic Star

John Hartson has claimed that Scott Brown deciding to continue at Celtic could spell the end for Olivier Ntcham this month...

Inside Futbol · Jan 24
Celts Are Here · Jan 24

‘Ye Raging Mate’ – Hartson and These Celtic Fans Wind Up Ibrox Support

JOHN HARTSON has enraged a certain section of the Ibrox support on social media after the former Celtic star turned pundit celebrated Kilmarnock taking the lead against Steven Gerrard’s men on Wednesday night...

Celts Are Here · Jan 24
Inside Futbol · Jan 22

Scott Brown Will Take Up Celtic Offer, Bhoys Legend Insists

Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes Scott Brown will eventually reject an offer from Australia and stay at Paradise...

Inside Futbol · Jan 22
Read Celtic · Jan 22

Pundit says Celtic ace will turn down a big-money offer and stay at the club

John Hartson is backing Scott Brown to turn down a lucrative move to Australia and sign a new deal with Celtic.

Read Celtic · Jan 22
VideoCelts · Feb 5

Hartson: After a generation of honest mistakes it’s time to call a halt

John Hartson still vividly recalls an honest mistake that robbed him of an equalising goal in the 2003 League Cup Final against the old Rangers club.

VideoCelts · Feb 5
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