On this Day in ’03, John Hartson’s volley against Rangers seemed significant

BIG JOHN HARTSON scored the only goal of the game against Rangers at Celtic Park on this day in 2003 and it seemed to be a particularly important goal as far as the destination of the title was concerned.

The Welsh striker got on the end of a Chris Sutton knock-down to smash an unstoppable volley past Stefan Klos.

With Henrik Larsson injured Martin O’Neill selected the following team: Douglas, Mjallby, Balde, Valgaeren, Agathe, Lambert, Lennon, Petrov, Thompson, Sutton and Hartson.

The crowd was 58,787 and the referee was Mike McCurry.

With Celtic distracted on the way to Seville, that remarkable side somehow managed to lose the league on the last day of the season, on goal difference.

Here’s the goal…

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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