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Former Celtic marksman Hood dies after battle with cancer

 

Harry Hood
Harry Hood

By Ronnie Esplin

Harry Hood wrote himself into Celtic folklore by scoring a hat-trick against Rangers at Hampden Park - and claimed it should have been four.

In December 1973, the attacker grabbed all the Hoops' goals in a 3-1 League Cup semi-final win against their Old Firm rivals.

However, Hood, who died aged 74 yesterday after a battle with cancer, remained adamant that he had been denied a fourth.

"I had a fourth goal disallowed and it was clearly onside," he said in an interview in 2015.

"Kenny (Dalglish) cut the ball back and I put it away, and as I did that Tom Forsyth had a kick at me and I had a go back, and the referee came up and chalked the goal off."

Hood started his career at Clyde in 1962 and was transferred to Sunderland two years later, before returning to Shawfield in 1966.

Celtic swooped for Hood in 1969 to take him to Parkhead, bringing with him Clyde career totals of 197 appearances and 96 goals.

Hood scored in both of Celtic's 1971 and 1974 Scottish Cup final victories, securing a domestic double on both occasions.

Hood won the league every season at Celtic between 1969 and 1974 along with three Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups.

After scoring 123 times in 310 appearances for Celtic, he had stints at United States outfit San Antonio Thunder, Motherwell and Queen of the South before retiring in 1978.

His death comes a month after former Celtic team-mates Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers died.

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