Celtic great Harry Hood passes away

Celtic great Harry Hood has passed away aged 74. The versatile forward played for the Parkhead side under Jock Stein in the 60s and 70s.

Signed for £40,000 from Clyde in March 1969, Hood would go on to win five league titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups during his seven year spell at Celtic.

He was also the last Celtic player to score a hat-trick against Rangers in 1973, a feat that was not repeated until Moussa Dembele bagged his hat-trick against the new Rangers side in 2016.

Hood was signed by Clyde from Burnbank Boys Club in 1962 and went on to score 40 goals in 63 appearances before Sunderland signed him for £30,000 in November 1964. However, he failed to settle on Wearside scoring just 9 goals in 31 appearances before returning to Shawfield for a reported £13,000.

Despite never being capped by the Scotland national team, he did score for the Under-23 side against England in February 1968 and was eventually signed by Jock Stein in March 1969 for £40,000 - scoring on his debut days later at Love Street against St. Mirren.

He played in the last seven league games of the 68/69 season scoring five times, and was part of the side that secured the title at Rugby Park on a night when Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell scored a dramatic last gasp equaliser to claim their fourth league title in a row.

Hood was a versatile player, being able to play as an out and out striker, a playmaker in a deeper position or in a wide role. Comfortable with the ball on either foot and able to switch play on either side of the pitch, he was a magnificent goalscorer.

In 2015, Hood was diagnosed with bowel cancer and after winning that battle he helped raise over £50,000 for the Beatson Cancer centre.

Playing 310 games for Celtic, Hood scored 123 goals and will forever be remembered as one of Celtic’s true greats.

Heroes are remembered but legends never die. Rest in Peace Harry.