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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The Celtic Star · Jun 17

Pierre Van Hooijdonk, John Kennedy and how the tables have turned in Scottish football

The Strife of Brian for Big Pierre

Herald Scotland · Jun 16

Ex-Rangers star Brian Laudrup ‘p***** the Scottish league with two fingers in his nose’ says Celtic hero Van Hooijdonk

Evening Times · Jun 16

Ex-Rangers star Brian Laudrup ‘p***** the Scottish league with two fingers in his nose’ says Celtic hero Van Hooijdonk

Mickey 9s’ Dougie Smith with A Celtic State of Mind

The Celtic Star · Mar 30

He’s Portuguese And Can’t Play With Ease: The Full Story Of Cadete’s Transfer Saga

67HailHail · Mar 25

Pierre Van Hooijdonk gives honour to Celtic quartet

Glasgow Live · Mar 25

Celtic legend Pierre van Hooijdonk names former team-mates in all-time XI

Joe McAlinden with A Celtic State of Mind

The Celtic Star · Oct 14, 2019

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

Celts Are Here · Oct 14, 2019

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

The Celtic Star · Oct 14, 2019

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

67HailHail · Oct 14, 2019

Celtic hero mentions Di Canio’s brilliant Celtic meeting

The Celtic Bhoys · Oct 13, 2019

Pierre van Hooijdonk recalls shocking incidents at Celtic

67HailHail · Oct 13, 2019

Celtic hero wasn’t impressed with teammates when he joined

Evening Times · Oct 13, 2019

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

Daily Record · Oct 13, 2019

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

The Guardian · Oct 13, 2019

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

HITC · Sep 20, 2019

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

Read Celtic · Sep 20, 2019

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

67HailHail · Sep 18, 2019

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

Inside Futbol · Sep 18, 2019

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

Evening Times · Sep 18, 2019

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

Herald Scotland · Sep 18, 2019

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

Evening Times · Sep 17, 2019

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

Evening Times · Sep 15, 2019

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

Evening Times · Sep 7, 2019

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

Evening Times · Aug 6, 2019

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

Read Celtic · May 25, 2019

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

67HailHail · May 22, 2019

Celtic hero’s Patrick Roberts urge

Celts Are Here · Mar 29, 2019

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

Daily Record · Mar 29, 2019

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

The Celtic Star · Mar 2, 2019

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

Celtic TV · Jan 17, 2019

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

Inside Futbol · Jan 16, 2019

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

Scotzine · Jan 16, 2019

Ex-Celt Brands Morelos ‘a Bit Crazy’

The Celtic Star · Jan 16, 2019

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

The Scotsman · Jan 15, 2019

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

Daily Record · Jan 15, 2019

Pierre van Hooijdonk fires Celtic board warning shot

The Celtic Star · Jan 11, 2019

Jim Craig – Celtic sign Pierre van Hooijdonk

Celts Are Here · Dec 28, 2018

Van Hooijdonk Blames Deila for Striker Flop

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

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”

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

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”

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 Celtic Star · Dec 9, 2018

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

Celtic Quick News · Sep 21, 2018

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

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