Pierre Van Hooijdonk

Read all the news about Celtic hero Pierre Van Hooijdonk. Pierre Van Hooijdonk was born in Steenbergen,Holland on 29 November 1969 (age 49).

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.

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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...

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

‘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...

The Celtic Star · Sep 19
Daily Record · Jul 8

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...

Daily Record · Jul 8

‘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

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...

The Sun · Mar 5
Daily Mail · Mar 5

Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk speaks of Glasgow hatred

Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has revealed he was sent razor blades in the post during his time living in Glasgow...

Daily Mail · Mar 5

Gers Fan Spat At Me – Ex-Celtic Striker Opens Up About Glasgow Hell

FORMER CELTIC STRIKER Pierre Van Hooijdonk has spoken out about his turbulent two years in Glasgow and is ‘unsafe’ feeling he had in dealing with rival fans from Govan...

Daily Record · Mar 4

Former Celtic star Pierre van Hooijdonk says he was sent razor blades in the post as he admits he felt unsafe in Glasgow

The Dutchman spent two years at Celtic also says he was spat on and that he’s never felt unsafe as much as he did in Glasgow...

Daily Record · Mar 4
Celts Are Here · Jan 22

‘I’ve played for Celtic, I can’t play for Rangers’ – Former Celtic Star Laughed off Ibrox Interest

ARTHUR NUMAN spoke to Simon Ferry on Open Goal Sport about the time he was tasked with convincing his compatriot and former Celtic stat Pierre van Hooijdonk to sign for Rangers (1872)...

Celts Are Here · Jan 22
History Bhoys Abroad · Sep 30, 2017

History Bhoys Abroad – 3 – Pierre Van Hooijdonk

We dip into the archives to give you our review of the loved and loathed big Dutchman who scored for fun for Tommy Burns’ free-flowing Celtic but who left the club in less than friendly terms...

History Bhoys Abroad · Sep 30, 2017
Herald Scotland · May 31, 2017

Fergus McCann is described as ‘Celtic’s pioneer’ by old foe Pierre van Hooijdonk

PIERRE VAN HOOIJDONK and Fergus McCann were never destined to become bosom busies despite being the exact same person...

Herald Scotland · May 31, 2017
Evening Times · May 31, 2017

Fergus McCann is described as ‘Celtic’s pioneer’ by old foe Pierre van Hooijdonk

PIERRE VAN HOOIJDONK and Fergus McCann were never destined to become bosom busies despite being the exact same person...

Evening Times · May 31, 2017
Total Celtic · Jan 22

Former Celt laughed off attempts to get him to sign for Rangers

Former Celt Pierre van Hooijdonk reportedly laughed off an attempt by Dutch international teammate Artur Numan to get him to sign for Rangers in 1998...

Total Celtic · Jan 22
Talking Baws · Jan 22

Video: Arthur Numan Admits He Tried to Talk Pierre Van Hooijdonk into Rangers Move

Former Rangers left-back Arthur Numan has admitted he tried to tempt Pierre van Hooijdonk to Ibrox, a few years after the Dutch striker had been a hero to Celtic fans...

Talking Baws · Jan 22
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