Pierre Van Hooijdonk

Celtic hero Pierre Van Hooijdonk was born in Steenbergen,Holland on 29 November 1969 (age 50).

Van Hooijdonk made his Celtic debut on 11 January 1995 in a league match against Hearts at Hampden Park. The big striker made an instant impact for his new team by scoring a stunning opening goal. Hearts went on to equalise and the game finished 1–1. However, Van Hooijdonk settled quickly at Celtic and he became an instant favourite with the fans. When Van Hooijdonk arrived at Celtic they had not won any trophies in six years. However, with Van Hooijdonk Celtic won the Scottish Cup right away and Van Hooijdonk was the only goalscorer in the final against Airdrie in May 1995. The following season, 1995–96, saw Van Hooijdonk in outstanding form for Celtic. He scored 32 goals, including 26 in the League which saw him finish top scorer. Of particular note was Van Hooijdonk’s prowess at scoring from free kicks. However, despite Van Hooijdonk’s goals and the attractive football being played by manager Tommy Burns’ side, Celtic still finished the season without any silverware. Van Hooijdonk’s last season at Celtic, 1996–97, was an unhappy time for both the player and the club. A row with the Celtic chairman/owner, Fergus McCann, would rumble on through the year and as a result he often ended up on the substitute bench. The manager of the Dutch national team Guus Hiddink told him he would not be selected for the national team as long as he was not a regular first team player at Celtic.

In total Van Hooijdonk scored 52 goals for Celtic in 84 appearances. He eventually left Celtic over a wage dispute towards the end of the 1996–97 season, stating that the reputed £7,000 a week rise he was being offered might be “good enough for the homeless” to live on “but not for an international striker.” He went on to join Nottingham Forest in a deal worth up to £4.5 million.

Joe McAlinden with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious Football Blogging Awards.This latest episode finds Kevin Graham and Martin Donaldson with former Superstar frontman, Joe McAlinden, where they discuss: * Watching Celtic in the early eighties;* The Belshill music scene;* Making music with The Boy Hairdressers, BMX Bandits, Teenage Fanclub & The Soup Dragons;* Superstar being signed by Creation records;* Having a song covered by Rod Stewart;* Pierre van Hooijdonk and the...

The Celtic Star · Oct 14, 2019

The Four Amigos, King of Kings and a Gift from God, Reviewed and Rated

EARLIER today on The Celtic Star, former Celtic striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk, from an interview with The Guardian, recalled his time at our club and talked about the so-called Three Amigos, as Fergus McCann called them plus with the addition of Andreas Thom – ‘He gets the ball and scores a goal, Andy, Andy Thom’-...

Celts Are Here · Oct 14, 2019

Gers Fan ‘Spat at Me’ – Former Celtic Star Reveals Shocking Incident

Pierre van Hooijdonk has lifted the lid on some troubling times in Glasgow during his time with Celtic.

The Celtic Star · Oct 14, 2019

Rangers fan ‘spat on me’. Four Amigos. Money ‘enough for the homeless’ – Pierre Van Hooijdonk

SHAMEFUL, thuggish behaviour from Rangers fans, and with the the hint of racism, are the abiding memories of a former Celtic Star from his time living in Glasgow.

67HailHail · Oct 14, 2019

Celtic hero mentions Di Canio’s brilliant Celtic meeting

Pierre van Hooijdonk has touched on Paolo Di Canio’s personality in an exclusive interview with the Guardian.

The Celtic Bhoys · Oct 13, 2019

Pierre van Hooijdonk recalls shocking incidents at Celtic

Pierre van Hooijdonk spent three seasons playing for Celtic during the 90’s.

67HailHail · Oct 13, 2019

Celtic hero wasn’t impressed with teammates when he joined

Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has stated that we wasn’t impressed with the quality at the club when he arrived.

Evening Times · Oct 13, 2019

Ex-Celtic star Pierre van Hooijdonk recalls being spat on by Rangers fan during ‘dangerous’ Glasgow spell

Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has recalled the moment he was spat on by a Rangers fan during his spell at Parkhead...

Daily Record · Oct 13, 2019

Pierre van Hooijdonk on Celtic troubles and being spat at in car as he recalls Glasgow ‘danger’

Dutch striker spent three years with Celtic as part of a team brimming with talent but claims life in Glasgow was even more dangerous than his spell in Turkey...

The Guardian · Oct 13, 2019

Pierre van Hooijdonk: ‘I told Ron Atkinson he was a pub manager’

The Dutch striker on his time at Nottingham Forest, Celtic and returning to Glasgow to pay tribute to Fernando RicksenPierre van Hooijdonk does a very good Ron Atkinson impression.

HITC · Sep 20, 2019

‘Unbelievable’: Pierre van Hooijdonk slams Celtic player, gives verdict on Steven Gerrard’s Rangers

Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers won at Ibrox on Thursday, while Neil Lennon’s Celtic drew in France in the Europa League...

Read Celtic · Sep 20, 2019

Ex-Celtic forward thinks striker can “lift the club again” – is he right?

Ex-Celtic man Pierre van Hooijdonk believes that Odsonne Edouard could be key for the Hoops going forward, and could “raise the club” with his performances...

67HailHail · Sep 18, 2019

Celtic striker should pay heed to Hoops legend’s senisble career advice

Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has some career advice for current Hoops attacker Odsonne Edouard – and the Frenchman should pay heed to what the former striker has to say.

Inside Futbol · Sep 18, 2019

He Could Have Beautiful Career – Former Celtic Star Impressed With Bhoy

Ex-Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk is a fan of Hoops striker Odsonne Edouard...

Evening Times · Sep 18, 2019

Pierre van Hooijdonk urges Odsonne Edouard not to be distracted by transfer talk

PIERRE van Hooijdonk tuned in to watch his old club Celtic take on Rangers for the first time this season at his home in the Netherlands at the start of the month and understood instantly why great things are predicted for Odsonne Edouard in future...

Herald Scotland · Sep 18, 2019

Pierre van Hooijdonk urges Odsonne Edouard not to be distracted by transfer talk

PIERRE van Hooijdonk tuned in to watch his old club Celtic take on Rangers for the first time this season at his home in the Netherlands at the start of the month and understood instantly why great things are predicted for Odsonne Edouard in future...

Evening Times · Sep 17, 2019

Ex-Celtic hero Pierre van Hooijdonk hails striker son for scoring double on NAC Breda debut

Former Celtic star Pierre van Hooijdonk has hailed his son after the youngster scored twice on his pro-debut...

Evening Times · Sep 15, 2019

“Feyenoord are no longer Dutch masters – but comeback stars can orchestrate Rangers win”

THE first-half penalty and free-kick that Pierre van Hooijdonk scored for Feyenoord in the 2002 UEFA Cup final helped his side to defeat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 and made him something of a cult hero to their supporters, the Het Legioen, at the same time...

Evening Times · Sep 7, 2019

Ex-Real Madrid superstar hilariously compares himself and former Celt to Simon and Garfunkel

Former Real Madrid and Tottenham superstar Rafael van der Vaart has hilariously compared himself and ex-Celtic ace Pierre van Hooijdonk to Simon and Garfunkel...

Evening Times · Aug 6, 2019

Celtic icon has his say on Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester Utd

Celtic icon Pierre van Hooijdonk has had his say on Harry Maguire’s record-breaking move to Manchester United from Leicester City...

Read Celtic · May 25, 2019

Celtic eye move for Holland international set to be available on a free transfer

AZ Alkmaar midfielder Adam Maher has become the latest player to be linked with a move to Celtic this summer, according to the Daily Record Sport...

67HailHail · May 22, 2019

Celtic hero’s Patrick Roberts urge

Celtic great Davie Hay believes the club should be going in for Patrick Roberts this summer.

Celts Are Here · Mar 29, 2019

Ex-Celtic Striker Admits Celtic Can’t Get Any Bigger….Unless

FORMER Celtic frontman Pierre van Hooijdonk has declared Celtic can’t get any bigger as long as they sit where they are in the SPFL...

Daily Record · Mar 29, 2019

Pierre van Hooijdonk insists Celtic can never become a ‘bigger team’ unless they move to English league

Former Hoops ace reckons if they did move to the Championship they could challenge for the Premier League within four years...

The Celtic Star · Mar 2, 2019

Celtic on This Day – Paradise a Building Site as Hearts are thrashed

HEARTS were the visitors to Celtic Park on this day in 1996.

Celtic TV · Jan 17, 2019

#TBT – van Hooijdonk’s Scottish Cup final winner!

#ScottishCup #ThrowbackThursday #CelticFC 🅰️ McKinlay 💥 Pierre van Hooijdonk The Bhoys are back on Saturday – remember this classic, Celts?

Inside Futbol · Jan 16, 2019

Not Scoring Against Celtic Will Be In Alfredo Morelos’ Head Says Former Hoops Hitman

Pierre van Hooijdonk feels the chances Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos’ missed against Celtic might affect him...

Scotzine · Jan 16, 2019

Ex-Celt Brands Morelos ‘a Bit Crazy’

FORMER Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has claimed Rangers frontman Alfredo Morelos is “a bit crazy” and will dread the introduction of VAR...

The Celtic Star · Jan 16, 2019

‘Morelos is good but he’s missed big chances against Celtic,’ Big Pierre

ALFREDO MORELOS will be dreading the introduction of VAR to the Scottish game, the former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk claimed yesterday.

The Scotsman · Jan 15, 2019

‘The players cried. Celtic had won first trophy in six years’

Pierre van Hooijdonk played in a World Cup semi-final for his country, lifted a European trophy with 
Feyenoord and won league titles during a successful stint at Fenerbahce in Turkey...

Daily Record · Jan 15, 2019

Pierre van Hooijdonk fires Celtic board warning shot

The former Celtic striker insists the Hoops hierarchy need to back their manager in the transfer market this January...

The Celtic Star · Jan 11, 2019

Jim Craig – Celtic sign Pierre van Hooijdonk

In the middle of season 1994/95, Tommy Burns was not having an easy time in the managerial seat...

Celts Are Here · Dec 28, 2018

Van Hooijdonk Blames Deila for Striker Flop

RONNY DEILA is being blamed for Nadir Ciftci’s disastrous spell at the club after his agent and former Celtic striker, Pierre Van Hooijdonk lifted the lid on Nadir’s time at the club...

Evening Times · Dec 28, 2018

Pierre Van Hooijdonk: Nadir Ciftci’s move to Celtic was a disaster – he played like he had a bag of potatoes on his shoulders

Ciftci struggled to settle at the Scottish champions and was loaned out to Eskişehirspor in his adopted homeland...

Evening Times · Dec 28, 2018

“Nadir Ciftci’s move to Celtic was a disaster – he played like he had a massive bag of potatoes on his shoulders”

PIERRE van Hooijdonk believes Nadir Ciftci’s move to Celtic turned into a “disaster” because former Parkhead manager Ronny Deila insisted on playing him out of position up front...

Evening Times · Dec 28, 2018

Pierre van Hooijdonk: Andy Goram’s greatest save ever? Not really. It was the worst miss of my entire career

THE Rangers side that will take to the field at Ibrox tomorrow is, no disrespect to Ryan Jack, Alfredo Morelos or James Tavernier, nowhere near the same quality as those Pierre van Hooijdonk came up against during his years leading the line for Celtic...

Herald Scotland · Dec 28, 2018

“Nadir Ciftci’s move to Celtic was a disaster – he played like he had a massive bag of potatoes on his shoulders”

PIERRE van Hooijdonk believes Nadir Ciftci’s move to Celtic turned into a “disaster” because former Parkhead manager Ronny Deila insisted on playing him out of position up front...

Herald Scotland · Dec 28, 2018

Pierre van Hooijdonk: Andy Goram’s greatest save ever? Not really. It was the worst miss of my entire career

THE Rangers side that will take to the field at Ibrox tomorrow is, no disrespect to Ryan Jack, Alfredo Morelos or James Tavernier, nowhere near the same quality as those Pierre van Hooijdonk came up against during his years leading the line for Celtic...

The Celtic Star · Dec 9, 2018

Jim Craig – Billy McNeill led Celtic up for another runners-up medal

On this day, in different years, various Celtic teams have had good victories over Hibs.

Celtic Quick News · Sep 21, 2018

Exclusive! Part Two: the Three Amigos and Me – Davie Hay Tells All

CELTIC legend Davie Hay was chief scout at the club when he helped to introduce the talented trio of Pierre van Hooijdonk, Jorge Cadete and Paolo di Canio, nicknamed ‘The Three Amigos’ by owner Fergus McCann...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 20, 2018

Exclusive! Part One: How We Almost Lost Henrik for £140,000 – Davie Hay Tells All

CELTIC legend Davie Hay admits he was a little surprised when he read media reports with ex-Hoops star Andy Ritchie claiming he brought players such as Pierre van Hooijdonk, Jorge Cadete and Paolo di Canio to the club...

The Celtic Star · Sep 19, 2018

‘Celtic’s Double Dutch miss but Three Amigos were my Bhoys,’ Celtic Ambassador

DAVIE HAY has hit back at claims made by former Celtic scout Andy Ritchie that he was the man responsible for bringing the Three Amigos – Pierre van Hooijdonk, Jorge Cadete and Paolo Di Canio to Celtic...

Daily Record · Sep 19, 2018

The secrets to scouting from the former Celtic talent spotter who brought the Three Amigos to Parkhead

Andy Ritchie brought the likes of Pierre van Hooijdonk, Mark Viduka and Paul Lambert to Celtic in the 90s...

Tribal Football · Sep 17, 2018

Sons of Gullit and Van Hooijdonk face-off in Eredivisie U19s

The son of Chelsea hero Ruud Gullit is turning out for AZ Alkmaar.Maxim Gullit, 17, is playing for AZ’s U19 team and came up against NAC Breda striker Sydney van Hooijdonk, the son of former Nottingham Forest and Celtic striker Pierre, this weekend.Read more on Tribal Football...

Daily Record · Jul 8, 2018

Umar Sadiq can be Rangers’ Kanu admits former Celtic star Pierre Van Hooijdonk

The former Celtic striker has watched Sadiq a lot and believes he can be a big player for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers...

The Celtic Star · May 27, 2018

Jim Craig’s 7am start: Pierre van Hooijdonk’s winner in the Scottish cup final

CELTIC had not scored too many goals in their route to the Scottish Cup final in season 1994-95.

Football Insider · May 15, 2018

‘By the throat’ – Van Hooijdonk delivers verdict on Celtic Scottish Cup final

Pierre van Hooijdonk firmly believes that Celtic won’t miss out on the chance to making Scottish football history, and will win the treble for the second season in a row by defeating Motherwell in the Scottish Cup Final...

The Sun · Mar 5, 2018

Celtic legend Pierre van Hooijdonk reveals he was sent razor blades in post

FORMER Celtic hero Pierre van Hooijdonk has revealed he was sent razor blades in the post in Scotland and claimed someone spat in his face when he opened a door...

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