Leigh, Efe, Mikael, Dedryk and Jozo



I got my wish last night, that Leigh Griffiths would reach the 40 goal mark for the season, and what a great goal it was too, memories of Love St ’86. Also delighted Leigh was aware-enough to mimic Henrik’s ” five zero” gesticulation when he reached 50 in 2001.

40 goals for Celtic in a season is a very rare achievement, as Paul John Dykes pointed out this morning, it’s now only been done 13 times in 128 years.  Jimmy McGrory (four times, three in a row) and Henrik Larsson (three times, two in a row), are the only two who have achieved this more than once in their Celtic careers, so Leigh knows what he needs to do next season to get a really special place in the history books.

As for the other pertinent points from last night’s game in Perth, I can cut Stefan Johansen some slack. McDiarmid Park was a farmer’s field not so long ago, and St Johnstone’s first goal looked like it came as a result of a plough intervention.

Efe Ambrose is another story. Last night’s decision to challenge (Logan Bailly) for a ball inside his own six-yard box was inexplicable but consistent with his general awareness this season. When the new manager is in place, someone inside Lennoxtown needs to find the earliest possible moment to sit him down and play the Efe highlights video.

We have a good central defender in Erik Sviatchenko (club captain in the making), and one who could become so in Jozo Simunovic. If Jozo gets himself fit for July we should be well-placed for the qualifiers, but those two aside, we are struggling in central defence.

Out of contract Charlie Mulgrew is in the latter stages of his career, but can be trusted to do a job without causing unnecessary alarm every week. Mikael Lustig’s days as a rampaging full back may be limited by his persistent hip issues, so playing as auxiliary central defender, as he often does for Sweden, works on paper.

I’d be far from confident facing Champions League qualifiers with Efe or Dedryk Boyata, who could still makes Belgium’s Euro’s squad, but if Jozo’s fit, signing a right back, with Mikael covering central defence, feels like an appropriate use of resources.

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  1. I was under the impression that the other clubs and supporters are happy enough to play along with the SFA and the media status quo, I am not aware of any of them vociferously supporting our position either privately or in public, I see it as us alone against everyone else, tell me am I wrong ?



    Hail Hail.





    Not surprisingly,I respectfully disagree!



    The point I made clumsily was that we watched our team,supported our team. Thick and thin,aired our grievances in the pub or on the supporters bus.



    Relived the wow moments more frequently.



    But we aren’t doing that now. The grievances are real,and widespread. The gaps in the stadium shout louder than the crowd does.



    And when a site which the board could always think of as its natural constituency stamps its feet and throws hissy fits all over the place,I think the board should take note of the widespread dissatisfaction.



    Before it turns into something much stronger.



    I think they are playing with fire. They underestimate the strength of opinion.

  3. Typical 11 from 2011: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, Forrest, Ki, Ledley, Samaras, Hooper, Stokes, Wanyama.



    Typical 11 from 2016 (bloody difficult as it was never a settled 11, I admit): Gordon. Lustig, Sviatchenko, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Johansen, Bitton, Roberts, Griffiths, Rogic.



    There are around 6-7 players in each team who get regularly criticized every week in here

  4. .



    Leigh Leigh Leigh what a Beautiful Day..



    This is My My My….



    Massive Congrats to Leigh Griffiths on Reaching 40 Goals in a Season..Remember he was Injured for 6-7 Weeks..Great achievement..



    And Thanks to Ole Paul67 and WC for the Fecking Bet 365 Pop ups Last June/July that made me make My First bet for 6 Years and if Yon Aberdeen Player disnae Score 12 on Sunday my Biggest ever Win..Thanks Leigh..Waghorn-Pen and Dortmund (2nd)..



    Turned a Negative into a Positive..Who’d a Thunk it..;-)



    Summa of ScoringScorersOfSoccerBetsCSC

  5. “If you feel you must continue the crusade, get to the front door on match days and make your views clear. Otherwise, your protests are ultimately futile.”



    Traditionalist88, If you don’t believe you’ve been telling people how to complain to Celtic then we’ll have to agree to disagree.



    Geordie, very true.



    Beatbhoy, you are very sharp!

  6. .



    Bobby Said..



    The point I made clumsily was that we watched our team,supported our team. Thick and thin,aired our grievances in the pub or on the supporters bus.



    Personally Bobby..l believe we still have the Same amount of Negative Fans as Years ago through the Good and Bad..



    But i Believe Reading it on a Blog Day In Day Out for Months..Years in Black and White bites into a Persons mindset..



    Many Posters on here have Turned 180 degrees since Rangers went into Oblivion..How can that be..From Jelly and Ice cream to Celtic are this and that mostly Negative..Posters stating they Will Never go back..If



    Shouting about Celtics Silence..Has Anyone ever thought maybe Celtic are Not as Squeaky Clean as some think..Hence the Wait and see Silence..Whatever..We just have to trust then Unless we have proof to the Contrary..



    Summa of SilenceCSC

  7. traditionalist88 on




    Thanks for clarification. I was just pointing out that it requires a bit of a leap of faith to assume that because there is negativity on a blog usually considered as a happy clappers environment, that the negative posts are therefore automatically correct. That would be pre-judging the issue. I agree about the extent of the malaise. But the attendance at the recent fixtures vs Aberdeen and Hearts is evidence that the gaps in the stadium at other times this season are more to do with the weather, the opposition etc etc rather than relating to governance issues, Res 12 and so on. Lets hope we have clarity on ALL the ongoing issues on and off the park shortly.



    Dharma Bam



    I have suggested they maybe even just consider a change of strategy – of course, they are free to do as they please ;) However, there is a standoff which is no closer to being resolved. Even a little trust in the Resolutioners would be a start…






    Good Morning folks




    m6bhoy on 13th May 2016 7:20 am




    You are joining the dots and making the wrong conclusion. Peter Lawwell will again have said nothing about Res 12 because we are not yet ready to. It is being worked on. He is sticking to an agreed script – agreed with the shareholders.




    Ask yourself this question about that entire interview. Were the questions negatively framed or positively franmed? I believe Stephen McGowan to be a good guy but there are others at the Mail who are not pro Celtic, pro Lawwell and one in particular who is very anti CQN so I am told.




    You will have to wait on Res 12 it is being worked on by more people now than ever before and all at the one time.





    How long must I wait? It kicked off in 2013 as you well know. It’s now 2016 and we do not appear to any further forward though no doubt I will be told that things are happening behind the scenes. If the evidence of cheating and corruption was available in 2013 then what possible explanation can their be for the club (and I mean just the club) dragging it’s heels on this?



    I’m sorry but I no more trust Peter Lawwell than I would Donald Trump. The way this is dragging on feels a bit like the Chilcutt Enquiry and I am just about at the end of my tether on this and the club’s reluctance to challenge the Big Lie. I would love to be proved wrong but I may well be dead by than.

  9. CQN Saturday Naps Competition : WEEK 41 Standings






    +17.75 > 16 roads (10)


    +11.45 > leftclicktic (9)


    +6.50 > Zihuatanejo (5)


    +6.00 > Nye Beavans RS (7)


    +5.58 > hashadenough (10)


    +1.25 > Rockon (7)


    +0.83 > twists n turns (6)



    -1.50 > BMCUWP (6)


    -1.58 > green T (10)


    -4.00 > voguepunter (4)


    -4.42 > El Madrigal (6)


    -4.50 > Angel Gabrial (6)


    -4.67 > bonbhoy (5)


    -7.50 > Graffitionthewall (7)


    -13.50 > TheBarcaMole (3)


    -13.75 > The Bhoy from the Village (6)


    -15.13 > gerryfaethebrig (5)


    -15.50 > Cosy Corner Bhoy (4)


    -19.03 > fleagle1888 (5)


    -19.88 > Bull67 (5)


    -21.10 > Eurochamps67 (5)


    -22.00 > Cathal (2)


    -22.00 > tommytwiststommyturns (2)


    -22.25 > PFayr (4)


    -22.75 > Burgas Hoops (4)


    -24.20 > Gweedore Celt (2)


    -25.58 > Dim Sam (6)


    -27.13 > Fastbhoy (4)


    -27.75 > Som mes que un club (3)


    -29.55 > Onemalloy (3)


    -31.13 > What is the Stars (3)


    -41.00 > 21-5-79 (0)



    Cheers, fleagle1888

  10. Lads, today’s nap is :



    Euro Charline in the Lockinge at Newbury…



    You don’t see many R L Moore 25/1-shots around these days!



    Cheers, fleagle1888

  11. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    It may well be worth noting that Jamie Spencer travels to Doncaster from Newmarket,for the last two races. Both runners trained by Richard Fahey.



    Can’t wait that long though, so going for a horse that won a decent Chester maiden from a poor draw. The form has been franked somewhat by the fourth in said maiden, who won a listed race @ York during the week.



    14:10 @ Newbury – Mehmas – NAP!



    Good luck everybody.

  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    First donkey already a loser Powerallied non-runner so 2nd choice



    Commodore 5.35 Newbury



    Best of luck to all





    TUMBLEWIND 450 Thirsk.



    I thought LEFTCLICK was a bit closer to the lead than that.



    Mind,I think that about most of my horses too!

  14. hashadenough – horse is as follows 3.00 newmarket VIVE MA FILLE





  15. TheBarcaMole on

    EBTIHAAL 4:30 Newbury…


    Regards & Hail Hail





    Other matters; good information that ‘The Hole in One King’…. yon MARSPAPA is in with a great chance at Aberdour (-:

  16. Ballesteros in the Doncaster 8:15 for me



    Good Luck to all



    Hail Hail.





    LEFTCLICKTIC is pulling out the stops to overhaul our Emerald Prince.



    But his phone isnae up tae it!



    BOBBLE BORU. 340 Bangor

  18. Som mes que un club on

    Captain Dunne 1750 Thirsk.



    I must have backed this horse at least three/four times a season for about the past six years.



    Must be one of the oldest sprinters still running!

  19. CQN Saturday Naps Competition : WEEK 42 results (May 14th)






    16 roads (Mehmas) @3/1





    21-5-79 (Confessional)


    Angel Gabrial (no selection)


    BMCUWP (Tumblewind)


    bonbhoy (no selection)


    Bull67 (Limato)


    Burgas Hoops (Mr Lupton)


    Cathal (Jordan Sport)


    Cosy Corner Bhoy (no selection)


    Dim Sam (Gabrials Kaka)


    El Madrigal (Bertiewhittle)


    Eurochamps67 (no selection)


    Fastbhoy (no selection)


    fleagle1888 (Euro Charline)


    gerryfaethebrig (Commodore)


    Graffitionthewall (Glenbervie)


    green T (Dream Dubai)


    Gweedore Celt (Storm Rising)


    hashadenough (Vive Ma Fille)


    leftclicktic (Bobble Boru)


    Nye Beavans RS (Carnival King)


    Onemalloy (Dutch Connection)


    PFayr (no selection)


    Rockon (Endless Drama)


    Som mes que un club (Captain Dunne)


    The Bhoy from the Village (no selection)


    TheBarcaMole (Ebtihaal)


    tommytwiststommyturns (Silvanus)


    twists n turns (Dambys Star)


    voguepunter (Beauly)


    What is the Stars (no selection)


    Zihuatanejo (Ballesteros)



    Cheers, fleagle1888

  20. CQN Saturday Naps Competition : WEEK 42 Standings



    Akin to Log Out Island’s performance at Newbury yesterday, 16 roads is blazing a trail, and no-one else even comes close.



    Back-to-back winners in the last 2 weeks means he has a healthy 10.30 pts lead going into the final week of the Naps competition, leaving the rest of us looking for an almighty Hail Mary of a selection !



    NAPS TABLE – 1 week to go



    +20.75 > 16 roads (11)


    +10.45 > leftclicktic (9)


    + 5.50 > Zihuatanejo (5)


    + 5.00 > Nye Beavans RS (7)


    + 4.58 > hashadenough (10)


    + 0.25 > Rockon (7)



    -0.17 > twists n turns (6)


    -2.50 > BMCUWP (6)


    -2.58 > green T (10)


    -5.00 > voguepunter (4)


    -5.42 > El Madrigal (6)


    -5.50 > Angel Gabrial (6)


    -5.67 > bonbhoy (5)


    -8.50 > Graffitionthewall (7)


    -14.50 > TheBarcaMole (3)


    -14.75 > The Bhoy from the Village (6)


    -16.13 > gerryfaethebrig (5)


    -16.50 > Cosy Corner Bhoy (4)


    -20.03 > fleagle1888 (5)


    -20.88 > Bull67 (5)


    -22.10 > Eurochamps67 (5)


    -23.00 > Cathal (2)


    -23.00 > tommytwiststommyturns (2)


    -23.25 > PFayr (4)


    -23.75 > Burgas Hoops (4)


    -25.20 > Gweedore Celt (2)


    -26.58 > Dim Sam (6)


    -28.13 > Fastbhoy (4)


    -28.75 > Som mes que un club (3)


    -30.55 > Onemalloy (3)


    -32.13 > What is the Stars (3)


    -42.00 > 21-5-79 (0)




    Cheers, fleagle1888

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