The son of 90s Celtic icon Pierre van Hooijdonk is tearing it up for NAC Breda right now

By John McGinley

October 21, 2020

If you’re a Celtic supporter of a certain vintage like me, you’ll remember Pierre van Hooijdonk well.

The striking icon signed for the Bhoys from NAC Breda back in 1995, having scored a barrel load of goals in his native country.

He didn’t do too badly in Scotland either, becoming a famous part of Tommy Burns’ exciting Celtic team and helping the club to its first silverware in six years with a Scottish Cup-winning goal against Airdrie in May 1995.

In total, he scored 56 goals in 92 appearances for the club.

Fast forward 25 years and his son is showing exciting form in the Netherlands, for the same club his father played for before Celtic – NAC Breda.

Sydney van Hooijdonk has scored an impressive seven goals in six second-tier appearances for the promotion hopefuls this season, who currently sit second in the table (Transfermarkt).

The 20-year-old had previously scored loads of goals for the club’s U19 and U21 teams but initially failed to make a big impact for the senior side, in seasons prior.

Now he’s living up to his potential and the scoring form of his old man, who is proud as you’d expect.

Pierre recently told broadcaster Rijnmond that he thinks his son can prove any doubters wrong and play at a higher level.

The former Celtic man was also something of a late bloomer, featuring for provincial Dutch teams well into his twenties. He would, of course, go on to play at the highest level and win close to 50 caps with the national team.

Sydney van Hooijdonk in action for NAC Breda / (Photo by Photo Prestige/Soccrates/Getty Images)

It’ll be very interesting to see if Sydney can show consistency over the course of the season. Who knows? Perhaps there’ll be another van Hooijdonk in Celtic colours one day.

In other news, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been talking about European Super League concept.