If You Know The History – 11th January 1995 Van Hooijdonk debut Celtic 1 Hearts 1

At this time of year in 1995, Celtic, under Tommy Burns, were still recovering from the shock of losing to Raith Rovers in the League Cup Final, when Paul McStay’s penalty failed to find the net in the penalty shoot-out.

In the league campaign, occasional goals by Willie Falconer and John Collins had been the only bright spot in a run of five drawn games. The atmosphere was not good although Fergus McCann was quick to assure everyone that the club was not in crisis and the share issue went ahead, with Dermot Desmond the main buyer.

Left-back Tosh McKinlay had come in from Hearts to provide some crosses and Tommy Burns then signed the 6feet 5 inch Pierre van Hoojdonk from NAC Breda to get on the end of them

On this day in 1995, van Hooijdonk made his debut against Hearts in a league match at Hampden.

Van Hooijdonk (Far Right)

Jim  Slavin was at centre-half, the second of his three matches for the club; Paul Byrne took up the right-wing position, with Brian Mclaughlin in an attacking role. The match ended in another draw, this time 1-1 , but van Hooijdonk made a real impression, pulling down a ball from Mike Galloway, juggling it past two Hearts defenders before lashing it past the keeper for Celtic’s goal.


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