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.

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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...

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