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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. 16 roads - Wee Oscar the Celtic warrior. on

    I recognise that Leigh Griffiths, Anto Stokes and Tony Watt may well have had behaviour issues in the past, but it looks like they have settled down a wee bit.

     

     

    If the manager can get those three to focus entirely on their football, then the club has an absolutely lethal strikeforce at it’s disposal.

     

     

    Also there has been a lot of old tripe been directed at Leigh just because he has so many different children to so many different woman.

     

     

    That’s nobody else’s business but his own.

     

     

    Just so long as he is looking after them, and paying his way, which he is… Then it’s not a problem.

     

     

    The three amigos are growing up and acting a lot more mature these days.

     

     

    They are a force to be reckoned with.

     

     

    HH.

  2. John ONeil…

     

     

     

     

    Read all of his short stories mate…….they are masterpieces of literature in my opinion.

  3. St Sivs…

     

     

    Did the Hun bassa give you 1p change and smile silently,as he was more clever than you thought?

     

     

    I remember meeting a clever Hun……just the once mind you.

  4. 16 roads - Wee Oscar the Celtic warrior. on

    PSG winning their game at a canter.

     

     

    It would be foolish to bet against them, I think.

  5. O’Higgins play a controversial 4-2-1-3 system, which will make this an interesting fixture.

     

     

    OHQN in meltdown,

     

     

    its actually a 3 3 2 1 1 system

  6. I had Filip Twardzik in a list of players we should let go in the summr in a post at the weekend, would love to see him prove me wrong

  7. Ryecatcher,

     

     

    In my opinion, quite a few misfired but ‘The Laughing man’, ‘A perfect day for bananafish’ and ‘Just before the war with the eskimos’ are gems. Agree? Goodnight.

  8. Why do barca keep gettin it wide to sanchez and alvez to cross as if messi is goin to beat kompany in or demicellis in the air

  9. corkcelt- SUPPORTING THE DAM 5 on

    I offered 2 tickets for a Celtic Home game as a prize in a local Charity Raffle. The winner has opted to go to the Calley game on March 1st. My question is how far ahead of match will Ticket Office post out a Ticket. I need to have them in my hands here in Clonmel a few days before the game.

  10. Marrakesh Express on

    Cant work out German football. Two teams in CL final last year but this season’s second placed Bayer Leverkusen getting another horsing at home. Btw hunburg in serious relegation danger for the first time in their history.

  11. Dzeko will come on and win this for Citeh in 2nd half.

     

     

    Barca with two thirds possession but feck all penetration.The Hugh Hefner of modern football.

     

     

    Get yer cash on the big Bosnian to come on and score here.

     

     

    Have a side bet on Dani Alvez to get sent off.

     

     

    MysticMegCSC

  12. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    ryecatcher

     

     

    18:46 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    Barca are back to their best…

  13. 16 roads – Wee Oscar the Celtic warrior.

     

     

    20:24 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    I recognise that Leigh Griffiths, Anto Stokes and Tony Watt may well have had behaviour issues in the past, but it looks like they have settled down a wee bit.

     

     

    If the manager can get those three to focus entirely on their football, then the club has an absolutely lethal strikeforce at it’s disposal.

     

     

    Also there has been a lot of old tripe been directed at Leigh just because he has so many different children to so many different woman.

     

     

    That’s nobody else’s business but his own.

     

     

    Just so long as he is looking after them, and paying his way, which he is… Then it’s not a problem.

     

     

    The three amigos are growing up and acting a lot more mature these days.

     

     

    They are a force to be reckoned with.

     

     

    HH.

     

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    I reckon the whole fenian army are behind Leigh, now that he has signed.

     

     

    I can’t quite see all 3 playing in a Champions League game, in Scotland it will be carnage goalswise, whoever gets the nod.

     

     

    I reckon Leigh will make a CL starting slot next season, if he settles down after all the nerves of joining the best Club in the World. Tony definitely has it in his locker if he comes back a lot stronger mentally. Stokesie has it all to do now, he can get a hat trick every week if he has the mentality right.

  14. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Intriguing games so far. Barca need to get their full-backs forward more. Crosses would be pointless against the City defenders. Might need to try cut-backs or nifty one-twos.

  15. Jon O’Neill etc,

     

    The Soviet army did indeed play a major part in defeating the Nazis – not that we’re likely to forget it as we’re constantly reminded!

     

    What many do forget is that the USSR was the No2 contributor to the outbreak of WWII: without his Pact with Stalin, Hitler might not have dared launch his attack on Poland. He had fought in WWI & had memories of losing the war on 2 fronts. BTW the Red Army’s (as it then was) first contributon in WWII was to stab the Poles in the back.

     

    Owen,

     

    Poland defeated the main Red Army at Warsaw in 1920 & Stalin was the political commisar for the defeated force – but he might have hated the Poles in any case.

  16. 16 roads - Wee Oscar the Celtic warrior. on

    Petec – The future’s bright comrade.

     

     

    The only thing I worry about is that other clubs keep trying to buy our best footballers, it’s frustrating for the manager because he is trying to build.

     

     

    Football is like that these days though, we do the same to less wealthy clubs.

     

     

    HH.

  17. Zbyszek

     

     

    I thought only us Irish could hold a grudge that long:-).

     

     

    Thank you for your reply and sorry for my mistake.

  18. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Marrakesh Express 20:33

     

    Seems to be fiarly level below Bayern. Dortmund’s lack of squad depth has hit them hard this season, but will probably finish second again. Hamburg and Stuttgart struggling badly.

     

    Nobody seems to be saying Bayern are missing “Rangers” though :-)

  19. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    !!Bada Bing!! 20:41

     

    You clearly didn’t read Paul’s article about competition for places. He’ll have to start on the bench and see if he can work his way into the team :-)

  20. Poor spectacle so far as both teams seem reluctant to commit players to run behind defensive lines.Can see the game stretching in last 20 minutes.

     

     

    One good thing about watching the CL is that most of the Italian teams get knocked out early these days.

  21. A drunk staggers into a Catholic Church, enters a confessional

     

    booth, sits down, but says

     

    nothing.

     

    The Priest coughs a few times to get his attention but the drunk

     

    continues to sit there.

     

    Finally, the Priest pounds three times on the wall.

     

    The drunk mumbles, “ain’t no use knockin, there’s no paper on this

     

    side either!”

  22. Zbyszek

     

     

    I didn’t think that Stalin ever played an active combatant part in any war. The allies sold the Poles down the river at Yalta – and Poland was the reason Britain went to war. Mind you, Churchill was a busted flush by that time. It was the US and Russia who won the war. Britain played an honourable but far less significant role.

  23. Hopefully a better second half.

     

     

    I don,t think we are out our depth in this company.

     

     

    HHS.

  24. Auldheid

     

     

    Never mind all this Soviet stuff back to the real world!

     

    Empire biscuits were originally called Bismarck biscuits after Otto – they then were called German biscuits until the start of the Great War when they became the more patriotic Empire biscuits. A bit like the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas suddenly becoming the good old Windsors!

     

     

    HH

  25. Celticrollercoaster supports the Dambhoys on

    ******CQteN dream team update*********

     

     

    We are now 92 dream teams strong. Thank you one and all who have taken the trouble to submit!

     

     

    Can we hit the magic century before the morning?

     

     

    Well on the way to 125 and £1k sponsorship :-)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  26. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Corkcelt

     

     

    No idea mate but there is a print at home service you can use, that would mean you wouldn’t need to wait for tickets to be sent out.

  27. To the tune of a Ralph McTell song

     

    cmon you barca you famous barca

     

    cheer us up by giving us a goallllll

     

    cmon you barca you famous baaaarca

     

    cheer us up by giving us a goal.

     

     

     

    passinthetimefc.

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