Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has overtaken John Hartson in the record books when it comes to Celtic goals. Griffiths goal in the midweek 4-0 win over Motherwell was his 111th goal for the Hoops, whilst Hartson ended his Celtic career on 110.
Hartson doesn’t seem upset by this, in fact he said on Twitter that he ‘couldn’t be happier’ for the Hoops hitman. He also had a message for Griffiths – to score 200 goals for the club.
“Get yourself 200”
“Stood for 14 years! Couldn’t be more happier for Leigh, now go and get yourself 200” he said.
Stood for 14 years ! Couldn’t be more happier for Leigh.. now go and get yourself 200. 👏🏻👏🏻🍀 https://t.co/ElErEqYPbR
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) February 7, 2020
Hartson’s message to Griffiths went down well with some Celtic fans on social media. One fan claimed that Hartson was a ‘legend’, whilst another proclaimed his words as a ‘nice touch’.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to Hartson’s comments.
Great words of congratulations and encouragement from one club legend to another. HH Big John
— Ciaran O Caorthanain (@OCaorthannain) February 7, 2020
2 guys that came to Celtic not being fans now 2 of the biggest & best Celtic fans around
— Kevin Ford (@Kevin_Ford66) February 7, 2020
@JohnHartson10 legend and inspirational on and off the field. Your goal at anfield was my highlight as a fan.
— Marc smyth (@marcsmyth16) February 7, 2020
Still a legend 👏👍
— Ian (@iwd79) February 7, 2020
Excellent Big Man
— Jinky’s oars (@jinkyssoars) February 7, 2020
Would loved to have seen 2 of you in same team🍀
— Ally Kerr🍀 (@allykerr1888) February 7, 2020
— Brian G (@brigallacher80) February 7, 2020
Well said John, hope your well big man.
— Davy Breen (@David__1888) February 7, 2020
When it comes to Griffiths and Hartson, both players have scored some memorable goals for the Hoops, although Hartson probably just edges it when it comes to scoring important goals.
His goal against Liverpool at Anfield in 2003 for example, is one of the most memorable that Celtic have probably ever scored in Europe.
Griffiths has scored some vital goals, but probably none as legendary as the one Hartson scored for the Hoops that magical night in Liverpool, to seal a 2-0 victory.
Stunning shot in derby triumph
Griffiths most memorable goal for the Hoops is probably his stunning shot which put the Hoops 2-0 up on the way to winning 5-1 at Ibrox in 2017.
There is still time for him to score more important goals for the Hoops, especially if he keeps playing as well as he currently is.
He might not reach 200 goals for the Hoops, but 150 surely isn’t out of the question.