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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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Select 11 players in either a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formation; you’ll need a goalkeeper, two full backs, two central defenders, 3 or 4 midfielders and 2 or 3 forwards.  You also need to select a manager from the decade.

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So far around 60 people have entered teams so we have lots to do to hit the £1000 target.  For a comprehensive list of players who are eligible for selection, see CRC’s comment here.  Email your entry to Doc here, and remember to include a manager: doccqten@gmail.com

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  1. Bada Bing,

     

    yep,one in 4 seats were empty,radio snyde will tell us they must be missing the huns

  2. 16 roads - Wee Oscar the Celtic warrior. on

    Petec – Indeed.

     

     

    There is a word often used on here,a Scottish word… and it’s a brilliant word.

     

     

    Gallus.

     

     

    That’s what our young players have got in abundance.

     

     

    If TB had been given more time, at the club, and on this earth – he would have instilled the philosophy of total football throughout the entire club.

     

     

    Celtic would be playing the same style as that Catalan mob.

     

     

    Patience is a virtue though.

  3. Sandman

     

     

    21:34 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    Soooo…

     

     

    Did the multi-billion pound harlem-globetrotting EPL superstar giants, Citeh, do any better at home to Barca than Neil ‘tactically inept’ Lennon and the ‘jounreymen’ of Glasgow Celtic who cost about a tenth as much to assemble?

     

    _______________________________________________________

     

     

    A tenth?

     

     

    ;))

     

     

    I’d be flabbergasted if the difference was as close as that.

     

     

    HH

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

    invercelt

     

     

    21:27 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

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    Powerful.

  5. 1-1 would be a tremendous result…………………

     

     

    Barca -1 @3/1 and 2 away CL bankers roll onto tomorrow night! :-)

  6. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Will watch a few more minutes just to see Adrian Chiles with a face like a burglar’s dog chewing a wasp. Barca are still the best despite what the naysayers on here think.

     

     

    If Messi stays fit and Neymar gets back up to speed (see his late goal on Saturday if you doubt his ability) they will be difficult to beat.

     

     

    Cue dug face …

  7. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Kompany easily City’s best player but he’s talking mince there. Did they have a shot on goal?

  8. Parkheadcumsalford

     

     

    21:34 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    petec,

     

     

    We need refs from anywhere but Scotland in the SPFL.

     

     

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    ;))

     

     

    I agree

     

     

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    16 roads – Wee Oscar the Celtic warrior.

     

     

    21:36 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    Petec – Indeed.

     

     

    There is a word often used on here,a Scottish word… and it’s a brilliant word.

     

     

    Gallus.

     

     

    That’s what our young players have got in abundance.

     

     

    If TB had been given more time, at the club, and on this earth – he would have instilled the philosophy of total football throughout the entire club.

     

     

    Celtic would be playing the same style as that Catalan mob.

     

     

    Patience is a virtue though.

     

     

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    I agree. The spirit of Tam will be flowing through the Club though.

     

    Patience and the Roses and the Guns.

  9. Barca embarassed them……………big time.

     

    So much for the SKY sponsored ” best league in Europe” bullshit.

  10. Mesmerising from Barca.Cant remember who but someone on here said that City would destroy that defence.

  11. Kompany was imho the man of the match….but made a

     

    right erse of himself in the after match interview.

  12. If we get to 125 teams entered, a generous CQNers has offered to sponsor us to the sum of £1,000.

     

     

    But we need you to enter your CQN Dream Team to get there, details………..

     

     

    CQteN Dream Team.

     

    What a tremendous response to Paul article today teams flooding in.

     

    Keep the coming, details below.

     

    “CQteN Dream Team” Less than 3 weeks to go!

     

     

    Now is your chance to select and influence the CQteN dream from the last decade,

     

     

    Email us on doccqten@gmail.com

     

     

    Rules are very simple:

     

     

    Select 11 players from the list below, forming either a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formation

     

     

    So you will need:

     

     

    1 goalkeeper

     

    2 full backs

     

    2 centre backs

     

    3 or 4 midfielders

     

    2 or 3 forwards

     

     

    and of course….

     

     

    1 manager.

     

     

    Each player on the list below has made at least 10 starting appearances from July 2004 to date during the CQteN decade.

     

     

    So no Henrik, Lubo,or Mjalby then!

     

     

    When you are selecting the players, you should ideally base your selection on their performances during the CQteN decade, but then again that is your choice.

     

     

    Send your selection to us by email to doccqten@gmail.com with your CQN blog name (if you do not have one, then you need to get thinking as well)

     

     

    Anybody can enter: bloggers, lurkers, friends and family, but you can only enter ONCE.

     

     

    The closing date for entries is 3pm Sunday 9th March 2014

     

     

    The CQteN dream team will be announced at the CQteN night on Friday 14th March and will be published online soon after. There will be a couple of prizes for the closest teams selected to the winning team.

     

     

    Good luck and get selecting for a fantastic competition..

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

     

     

    Goalkeepers

     

    Appearances Clean sheets

     

    Artur Boruc (G)

     

    220 82

     

    David Marshall (G)

     

    30 9

     

    Fraser Forster (G)

     

    177 88

     

    Lukasz Zaluska (G)

     

    40 20

     

    Mark Brown (G)

     

    14 6

     

    Rab Douglas (G)

     

    19 11

     

     

    Full Backs

     

    Appearances Goals

     

    Total Total

     

    Adam Matthews (D)

     

    82 4

     

    Andreas Hinkel (D)

     

    101 1

     

    Cha Du-Ri (D)

     

    35 2

     

    Charlie Mulgrew (D)

     

    144 25

     

    Daniel Fox (D)

     

    22 0

     

    Darnell Fisher (D)

     

    10 0

     

    Edson Braafheid (D)

     

    11 0

     

    Emilio Izaguirre (D)

     

    132 1

     

    Jackie McNamara (D)

     

    44 1

     

    Lee Naylor (D)

     

    134 3

     

    Mark Wilson (D)

     

    116 3

     

    Mikael Lustig (D)

     

    57 5

     

    Mo Camara (D)

     

    24 0

     

    Paul Caddis (D)

     

    10 0

     

    Paul Telfer (D)

     

    71 1

     

    Ulrik Laursen (D)

     

    15 0

     

     

    Centre Backs

     

    Appearances Goals

     

    Total Total

     

    Bobo Balde (D)

     

    93 4

     

    Daniel Majstorovic (D) 61 2

     

    Darren O’Dea (D)

     

    49 6

     

    Efe Ambrose (D)

     

    73 5

     

    Gary Caldwell (D)

     

    147 7

     

    Glenn Loovens (D)

     

    84 9

     

    John Kennedy (D)

     

    14 0

     

    Joos Valgaeren (D)

     

    25 0

     

    Josh Thompson (D)

     

    19 3

     

    Kelvin Wilson (D)

     

    72 0

     

    Stanislav Varga (D)

     

    57 7

     

    Stephen McManus (D)

     

    195 20

     

    Steven Pressley (D)

     

    24 2

     

    Thomas Rogne (D)

     

    54 3

     

    Virgil van Dijk (D)

     

    31 4

     

     

    Midfielders

     

     

    Appearances Goals

     

    Total Total

     

    Aiden McGeady (M)

     

    194 36

     

    Alan Thompson (M)

     

    56 13

     

    Baram Kayal (M)

     

    88 3

     

    Barry Robson (M)

     

    40 7

     

    Didier Agathe (M)

     

    22 0

     

    Evander Sno (M)

     

    20 1

     

    Efrain Juarez (M)

     

    10 2

     

    Jiri Jarosik (M)

     

    35 7

     

    Joe Ledley (M)

     

    136 30

     

    Juninho Paulista (M)

     

    14 1

     

    Kris Commons (M)

     

    106 55

     

    Landry N’Guemo (M)

     

    43 0

     

    Marc Crosas (M)

     

    40 1

     

    Massimo Donati (M)

     

    34 4

     

    Neil Lennon (M)

     

    130 1

     

    Niall McGinn (M)

     

    15 6

     

    Pat McCourt (M)

     

    19 10

     

    Paul Hartley (M)

     

    74 4

     

    Ross Wallace (M)

     

    18 3

     

    Roy Keane (M)

     

    12 1

     

    Scott Brown (M)

     

    246 26

     

    Shaun Maloney (M)

     

    97 31

     

    Shunsuke Nakamura (M)

     

    157 33

     

    Stephen Pearson (M)

     

    11 4

     

    Stiliyan Petrov (M)

     

    94 24

     

    Sung-Yong Ki (M)

     

    60 11

     

    Thomas Gravesen (M)

     

    23 6

     

    Victor Wanyama (M)

     

    80 13

     

    Zheng Zhi (M)

     

    11 1

     

     

    Forwards

     

    Appearances Goals

     

    Total Total

     

    Anthony Stokes (F)

     

    100 55

     

    Chris Sutton (F) 43 18

     

    Craig Beattie (F)

     

    18 14

     

    Craig Bellamy (F)

     

    15 9

     

    Derek Riordan (F)

     

    13 8

     

    Gary Hooper (F)

     

    127 82

     

    Georgios Samaras (F)

     

    162 70

     

    Henri Camara (F)

     

    16 8

     

    James Forrest (F)

     

    85 22

     

    Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (F)

     

    89 44

     

    John Hartson (F)

     

    83 50

     

    Kenny Miller (F)

     

    28 11

     

    Lassad Nouioui (F)

     

    10 3

     

    Maciej Zurawski (F)

     

    53 30

     

    Marc-Antoine Fortune (F)

     

    30 12

     

    Robbie Keane (F)

     

    17 16

     

    Scott McDonald (F)

     

    117 64

     

    Teemu Pukki (F)

     

    15 4

     

    Tony Watt (F)

     

    13 8

     

     

    Managers

     

     

    Neil Lennon

     

     

    Tony Mowbray

     

     

    Gordon Strachan

     

     

    Martin O’Neill

  13. 16 roads – wee oscar the celtic warrior.

     

     

    20:54 on 18 February, 2014

     

    The old Soviet National Anthem was outstanding, the French anthem also very good.

     

     

    Deutschland Uber Alles the best of them all though.

     

     

    http://youtu.be/AM4mIlYKG9s….you’ll have a hard time beating this one boyo.

  14. valentinesday

     

     

    21:43 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    Kompany was imho the man of the match….but made a

     

    right erse of himself in the after match interview.

     

    __________________

     

     

    I’d agree with all of that. He is a winner and his emotions were raw. More Kompany for me, I’d want him alongside me if I ever needed help in fighting a mortal enemy.

  15. tonydonnelly67

     

     

    21:45 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    Having lived in Germany since 1977, agree with your opinion pretty much but having lived in France for four years before that, my vote goes for La Marseillaise.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Gerry

  16. @ChrisGraham76: Embarrassing behaviour from Easdales and their poodles. Threatening @SonsofStruth with legal action for FB posts by other people. #classy

  17. 16 roads - Wee Oscar the Celtic warrior. on

    tonydonnelly67

     

     

    21:46 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

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    Mate, outstanding call, don’t know how I could forget about the Welsh anthem.

     

     

    I’ve been to the old Cardiff Arms Park once when I was a kid, to watch a rugby international.

     

     

    Some experience hearing the crowd sing that.

     

     

    Thanks for posting.

  18. iPaddy McCourt Supports Wee Oscar on

    Looking for two spare tickets for Saturday if anyone has any, cousin from Canada will be here and he’s desperate to see the tic. This is a guy who gets out of bed at 5am on a regular basis to attend screenings of matches at the Toronto CSC so any help would be greatly appreciated.

     

     

    HH

  19. gerrybhoy

     

     

    21:52 on 18 February, 2014

     

    tonydonnelly67

     

     

    21:45 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    Having lived in Germany since 1977, agree with your opinion pretty much but having lived in France for four years before that, my vote goes for La Marseillaise.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Gerry

     

     

    I have to give you that, it is a belter.

  20. eddieinkirkmichael on

    GlassTwoThirdsFull

     

     

    21:40 on

     

     

    Yes they had at least 3, with the keeper making 2 good saves, one of which Forster would have been proud of.

  21. Goodnight Timland.

     

     

    Behave yourselves on here tonight…am away tae my bed

     

    along way the rest of the God fearing.

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