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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Evening Times · Aug 6

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...

Evening Times · Aug 6
Read Celtic · May 25

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...

Read Celtic · May 25
67HailHail · May 22

Celtic hero’s Patrick Roberts urge

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

67HailHail · May 22
Celts Are Here · Mar 29

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...

Celts Are Here · Mar 29
Daily Record · Mar 29

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...

Daily Record · Mar 29
Celtic TV · Jan 17

#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?

Celtic TV · Jan 17
Scotzine · Jan 16

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...

Scotzine · Jan 16
The Celtic Star · Jan 16

‘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 Celtic Star · Jan 16
The Scotsman · Jan 15

‘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...

The Scotsman · Jan 15
Daily Record · Jan 15

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...

Daily Record · Jan 15
The Celtic Star · Jan 11

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...

The Celtic Star · Jan 11
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...

Celts Are Here · Dec 28, 2018
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...

Evening Times · Dec 28, 2018
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
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...

Herald Scotland · Dec 28, 2018
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
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.

The Celtic Star · Dec 9, 2018
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 21, 2018
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...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 20, 2018
Inside Futbol · Jan 16

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...

Inside Futbol · Jan 16
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