JAN VENNEGOOR OF HESSELINK returned to Celtic this afternoon – as tour guide for PSV Eindhoven bosses and the club’s VIPs.
The former Hoops frontman gave Ruud van Nistelrooy’s team officials the lowdown on his old club before the Dutchmen go into action in their Champions League play-off first leg across Glasgow at Ibrox this evening.
Vennegoor of Hesselink, who was bought by Gordon Strachan from PSV for £3.4million in August 2006, led the line on a specially-organised tour of the stadium, according to a report in the Daily Express.
JUST CHAMPION…Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is high and mighty as he thunders a header beyond Dundee United keeper Lukasz Zaluska for Celtic’s title winner at Tannadice in April 2008.
The 43-year-old former fans’ favourite scored on his debut for the side on his debut against Hibs and claimed 44 goals from 108 appearances in his three years in Glasgow.
One of his most valuable strikes was a powerful header to give the Hoops a 1-0 victory and the championship against Dundee United at Tannadice on April 22 2008 as Strachan joined club legends Willie Maley and Jock Stein in winning three successive titles.
The 27 times-capped Holland international marksman was handed a backstage pass to Celtic Park to give PSV officials and sponsors an inside look at the champions.
Vennegoor of Hesselink once famously said: “Celtic is far more than a football club. The traditions, the history, the warmth – you have to experience it every day to really understand this.”