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Stokes, Griffiths, desolation and competition

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Anthony Stokes started the season with a flurry, scoring four goals in the first three league games of the season, but he managed just another three goals before the arrival of Leigh Griffiths two weeks ago.  He has since scored against Aberdeen in the Cup as well as Sunday’s hat-trick against St Johnstone.

Three goals in 28 appearances is a desolate return for a Celtic striker, especially during a season where the team have been so dominant, and would have contributed to Neil Lennon insisting a striker, capable of scoring regularly in the league, was recruited in January.  Managers often talk about needing competition for places, so it’s natural that we should extrapolate from the arrival of Griffiths.  While we may see both strikers play together between now and the end of the season I’m not convinced the manager will have this pairing in his mind for next season.

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  1. “I’m not convinced the manager will have this pairing in his mind for next season”

     

     

    – definitely not in Europe.

  2. Welcome back the GB

     

     

    made my day on Sunday as well as the result .

     

    long may it continue.

     

     

    hail hail

  3. There’s a fair bit of invention between the two of them, forward ‘pairings’ are brilliant when you get the formula right.

  4. gearoid1998

     

     

    12:39 on 18 February, 2014

     

    Shielmuir

     

    Discussion on here the other night on the Committee. Can only be purchased via Amazon cannot be purchased UK or Ireland due to libel laws. I got mine brought from US. A bit sensationalist but a decent read. I gave a shout out to that Anne Cadwallader book Lethal Allies excellent read. The David Anderson book on Kenya was the first time I had came across the Kitson Experiment which was the model forBritains” Counter Insurgency” tactics in Ireland ie handlers controlling establishment gangs and “terrorising the terrorists”. Hence the mid ulster UVF under Billy Wright (two Andy Gorams Friend) and the Mount Vernon UVF under Mark Haddock. I was going to say it defies belief but sadly(if you know your History) it doesn’t .

  5. A Ceiler Gonof Rust Dancing in the Moonlight with Annabel Goldie on

    Winning Captains 12.33 on the previous blog.

     

     

     

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh. Belter!!!

  6. jamesgang

     

     

    12:33 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    ‘Britain’s Empire by Richard Gott.’

     

     

     

    ###

     

     

    Didn’t he admit to being a CIA snout?

     

     

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    ‘Was sitting at home over Christmas and caught a snippet of Guns of Navarone. Light bulb moment of historical perspective. Of course The Huns were evil as they sought to blockade the med and stop the ‘glorious’ allied navies reaching India.

     

     

    No disrespect to brave fighting Jen who did save us from evils of fascism but what would a Martian gave made of Britain’s asian empire.’

     

     

    #####

     

     

    You didn’t have to be a Martian to ask the question. Orwell managed it, and he wasn’t a Martian.

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    Barely making the bench today,too busy reading back on some outstanding posts on the last thread.

     

     

    I apologise for mine getting in the way!

     

     

    Thanks,folks. Every day is an education,as has been said.

     

     

    Some are a delight.

  8. Three goals in 28 appearances is a desolate return for a Celtic striker, especially during a season where the team have been so dominant, and would have contributed to Neil Lennon insisting a striker, capable of scoring regularly in the league, was recruited in January. Managers often talk about needing competition for places, so it’s natural that we should extrapolate from the arrival of Griffiths. While we may see both strikers play together between now and the end of the season I’m not convinced the manager will have this pairing in his mind for next season

     

     

    Oh Paul why do you build our hopes up so?????

  9. A Ceiler Gonof Rust Dancing in the Moonlight with Annabel Goldie on

    67 Heaven, Happy Birthday ya auld bassa. Have a great day.

     

     

    Here’s a wee video of some unusually colourful people dancing with a man dressed up as a bear.

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6y2Vp_G6FE

     

     

    What better present could a man wish for on a special day?

  10. Meanwhile back in England, Orwell compiled a list of British Reds for the Foreign Office and got them blacklisted.

  11. bournesouprecipe

     

     

    12:49 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    Try aiming for £19.67

     

     

    or £18.88

     

     

    or if you want to be controversial and provocative, £19.16.

     

     

    Much more fum.

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    A CEILER GONOF RUST

     

     

    I think I’d rather dance wi a bear than wi Annabel Goldie.

     

     

    Your call,mind….

  13. Ernie

     

     

    CIA link. Don’t know. Will check it out.

     

     

    Ref fresh perspectives. So many folk were brought up that despite how appalling empire was, WW2 was different. And should therefore be seen almost in isolation. The more so as so many of those involved in the war against hitler were still in our midst.

     

     

    I’ve concluded over time that we’re all born prisoners of our history and upbringing and much of what follows can and perhaps should be the struggle to break out of it and see things afresh.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  14. eddieinkirkmichael on

    79caps

     

     

    12:40 on

     

     

    Can’t see either being first choice in a CL outing but hey what do we know.

  15. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Just realised that’s what LiviBhoy was referring to when he mentioned the pitch being too small.

     

     

    Doh.

  16. gearoid1998

     

    12:43 on

     

    18 February, 2014

     

    To find out how Kitson’s theories were implemented in Belfast in the 1970s this is a must read (if you can find a copy) I think it was published by Zed Press.

     

    Brandon Press published an edition which was later withdrawn

     

     

    Britain’s Military Strategy In Ireland: The Kitson Experiment

     

    by Roger Faligot

  17. J o’N

     

     

    Without the Red Army’s contribution the nazis wouldn’t have been defeated.

     

     

    And/but nothing better illustrates the complex morality and immorality of history. Esp when you look at how the Soviets treated their own and Red Army’s actions against civilians and children in the road to Berlin. Horrific and complicated at every turn.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  18. 79caps

     

     

    12:51 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    ‘Meanwhile back in England, Orwell compiled a list of British Reds for the Foreign Office and got them blacklisted.’

     

     

    ##

     

     

    Utter nonsense.

     

     

    After the war the Labour government was concerned about the amount of pro Soviet propaganda. It considered setting up a unit to counter the propaganda. Orwell drew up a list of people who he thought should not be involved with the unit.

     

     

    One name on the list turned out to be a Soviet spy.

     

     

    Another was AJP Taylor who supported the invasion of Hungary.

     

     

    Orwell was right in his assessment, as he was in so many things.

     

     

    The tankies hated him though, still do. Largely because of Homage to Catalonia.

  19. J O’N

     

     

    It is. Sometimes. And for some folk!

     

     

    What other option do I have Fhriend.

     

     

    KTF jamesgang

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