Son of 90s Celtic icon Pierre van Hooijdonk is shining this season; available on pre-contract

By John McGinley

April 9, 2021

There’s been a lot of chatter about Jordan Larsson and Celtic this season. It’s natural of course, who could resist that narrative?

The young striker, son of eternal legend Henrik, is doing well with Spartak Moscow right now and has explicitly stated signing for the Bhoys is something he has considered.

However, at 23 and established in a pretty major European league, is he already beyond the clutches of Celtic? He has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund this summer after all.

If so, luckily there’s a son of another Hoops icon also shining on the content – Sydney van Hooijdonk.

Following in the footsteps of Pierre, Sydney is doing very well at the age of 21 with NAC Breda in the Dutch second-tier. That’s the club we actually signed his dad from back in the 1990s.

He’s scored a healthy 13 goals in 23 appearances this season, also registering two assists. [Transfermarkt]

The majority of those came in the first half of the season when he was fully fit and injury free. He’s had problems in that regard since January, but is still showing promising signs of potential.

He can even take a belting free-kick, just like Pierre. He scored one of those earlier today in a 3-1 win, which you can see on Twitter.

His dad told broadcaster Rijnmond back in October 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.

Even more interesting is that the younger van Hooijdonk appears to be available on a pre-contract basis right now. Transfermarkt shows his contract expiring this summer.

As Celtic consider the future of the striking position, is he worth a cheeky punt?

Son of a Celtic icon: Sydney van Hooijdonk / (Photo by Photo Pestige/Soccrates/Getty Images)

He may not be an out and out Odsonne Edouard replacement but with the future of Leigh Griffiths and Patryk Klimala in doubt, the young striker could be a decent squad option.

I wouldn’t mind indulging in a bit of nostalgia and giving him a shot.

Pierre, there’s only… two… Pierres?

In other news, Dedryck Boyata doesn’t hold back on Rodgers and Sutton in revealing interview on dramatic Celtic exit.