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 · Oct 12

‘Remember Anfield?’ – Celtic Goal Hero Posts Legendary Selfie

JOHN HARTSON has posted a picture of himself and Alan Thompson with the tag line ‘Who remembers Anflield?’ The former Celtic striker and midfielder huddled in for the selfie.

Celts Are Here · Oct 12
VideoCelts · Oct 12

VIDEO: John Hartson makes impassioned Rodgers promise to Celtic fans

Despite the difficulties at the start of this season Celtic are only three points behind Premiership leaders Hearts and in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup where they play the Edinburgh side...

VideoCelts · Oct 12
Soccerlens · Oct 10

John Hartson makes bold Brendan Rodgers admission over Celtic future

originally posted on Sportslens.com John Hartson believes Brendan Rodgers has no intention of leaving Celtic to become Aston Villa’s next manager.

Soccerlens · Oct 10
Read Celtic · Oct 9

Celtic legend hits back at claims from former Rangers striker that Celtic are a team “divided”

John Hartson does not suffer fools. After comments made by former Rangers striker Kris Boyd that Celtic were suffering from a fragmented dressing room, the larger-than-life Welshman was keen to point out that his old side were a united force...

Read Celtic · Oct 9
HITC · Oct 9

John Hartson hits back at Kris Boyd’s controversial Celtic claims

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd claimed that Scottish Premiership champions Celtic were suffering from a dressing room split...

HITC · Oct 9
Wales Online · Oct 9

What John Hartson thinks about ex-Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers at Celtic

Rodgers has recently been linked with a move to Aston Villa after seeing his own job at Celtic come under scrutiny...

Wales Online · Oct 9

You’ve Not Got A Clue – Hartson Blasts Former EBT Man Boyd

JOHN HARTSON has used his column with the Evening Times to blast Kris Boyd for his running commentary of the Celtic dressing room branding him an attention seeker...

Read Celtic · Oct 2

Defender would be a decent signing for Celtic says ex-striker

Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes that Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna could still be a good signing for the club in the future.

Read Celtic · Oct 2

Former Celt Calls for £7 Million Parkhead Signing

FORMER Celtic frontman John Hartson believes Celtic should go back in for summer target Scott McKenna in January – even after his ridiculous challenge that should have seen the player walk at Celtic Park on Sunday...

VideoCelts · Sep 24

Celtic coaches head to Cork

Roy and Robbie Keane will be involved as will Colin Healy, Stan Petrov, John Hartson, Neil Lennon and Paul Lambert...

VideoCelts · Sep 24
The Celtic Star · Sep 21

Is this what Brendan is trying to tell you, Leigh?

JOHN HARTSON asked last night if there is a some kind of problem between Brendan Rodgers and Leigh Griffiths.

The Celtic Star · Sep 21
Evening Times · Sep 17

John Hartson: Celtic need two or three quality players before they can think of Europa League glory

I know what it is like to go into a Europa League campaign still looking over your shoulder at the Champions League...

Evening Times · Sep 17
Daily Record · Sep 14

Will Rangers challenge Celtic? John Hartson reckons Steven Gerrard’s side won’t even finish second

Former Celtic striker believes his old club will cruise to another title and backs Aberdeen to take runners-up spot...

Daily Record · Sep 14
Soccerlens · Sep 11

Pundit makes a bold claim on ‘fabulous’ Celtic ace, up to him to justify record transfer

originally posted on Sportslens.com John Hartson has told The Evening Times that Odsonne Edouard should lead Celtic’s attack following Moussa Dembele’s departure.

Soccerlens · Sep 11
Soccerlens · Sep 11

Pundit makes a bold claim on ‘fabulous’ Celtic ace, up to him to justify record transfer

originally posted on Sportslens.com John Hartson has told The Evening Times that Odsonne Edouard should lead Celtic’s attack following Moussa Dembele’s departure.

Soccerlens · Sep 11
Celts Are Here · Sep 11

Moussa’s Replacement – Former Celt Talks January Window and Celtic Strikers

Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes Celtic must strengthen in January and specifically another striker to help carry the load in a long SPFL season.

Celts Are Here · Sep 11
Read Celtic · Sep 11

Celtic star should be ahead of Rangers man in national team squad

Celtic’s Craig Gordon should be Scotland’s number one, ahead of Rangers’ Allan McGregor, according to former Hoops star John Hartson.

Read Celtic · Sep 11
VideoCelts · Oct 14

Watch John Hartson’s incredible video message about Brendan Rodgers

Interestingly in the video clip Hartson reveals that he has recently been in Rodgers’ company...

VideoCelts · Oct 14
Evening Times · Sep 25

John Hartson: Leigh Griffiths has to keep proving he is capable of being first pick

It is two goals in two games for Leigh Griffiths and he is clearly trying to make his point that he deserves to be number one at the club...

Evening Times · Sep 25
EatSleepSport · Sep 18

Hartson doubts Celtic Europa hopes

Celtic lack the quality required to challenge for the Europa League, according to former Bhoys star John Hartson...

EatSleepSport · Sep 18
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