Pierre Van Hooijdonk gives honour to Celtic quartet

By John Reid

March 25, 2020

1990s Celtic legend Pierre Van Hooijdonk has named his first XI of favourite players that he played with in his club career.

Van Hooijdonk named the side for an article on Dutch website AD, then posted the results on his Twitter account.

The team includes four players he played with in his time with the Hoops.

The quartet are: Tosh McKinlay, Jackie McNamara, Andreas Thom and Paolo Di Canio.

One of the selections won’t come as a surprise to any Celtic fan – that of the mercurial Paolo Di Canio, who was superb for the Hoops in the season that he was at the club.

Didn’t play a full season together

The duo didn’t even play a full season together at the Hoops, but that shows just how well Di Canio played for Celtic in his time in Glasgow.

Paolo Di Canio during his one season with Celtic (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)

However, some fans may query the selection of Tosh McKinlay, the Hoops full-back of the mid 90s. However, his crosses provided plenty of goals and chances for Van Hooijdonk, so it is understandable why he was selected.

The same is true of Jackie McNamara, who was another full-back who excelled at crossing the ball, and helped Van Hooijdonk find the back of the net on numerous occasions.

Formed a lethal strike partnership

Andreas Thom formed a lethal strike partnership with Van Hooijdonk in the 1995-96 season, the duo worked well together as Celtic came agonisingly close to winning the league title, missing out by four points despite only losing one league game all season.

Andreas Thom at Celtic (Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK)

As for players who didn’t make the cut from his time in Glasgow, the omission of fellow striker Jorge Cadete is perhaps a bit of a surprise, as is that of John Collins, who excelled in the middle of the park in Van Hooijdonk’s first two seasons with the club.

However, you can’t really find much to argue about in the choice of Celtic players selected by Van Hooijdonk, they all stood out for the Hoops during the striker’s time at the club.