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 48).

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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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
Daily Mail · May 25, 2017

Celtic legend backs Brendan Rodgers for Europa League

Pierre van Hooijdonk believes Brendan Rodgers can lead Celtic back to a Europa League final...

Daily Mail · May 25, 2017
Daily Record · May 25, 2017

Celtic hero Pierre van Hooijdonk backs Brendan Rodgers to succeed in Europe after domestic dominance

European success has proved more elusive for Celtic but van Hooijdonk reckons Rodgers can deliver at that level in the seasons ahead...

Daily Record · May 25, 2017
HITC · Apr 18, 2017

Pierre van Hooijdonk has transfer advice for linked-away Celtic star

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has been linked with moves away from the club in the summer transfer window...

HITC · Apr 18, 2017
Talking Baws · Mar 8, 2017

Dedryck Boyata Reveals Celtic Greats He’d Have Loved to Play With… Including Larsson

Dedryck Boyata says he’d have loved to have played in the same Celtic side as Henrik Larsson, Stiliyan Petrov and Pierre van Hooijdonk...

Talking Baws · Mar 8, 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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