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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. Marxist historian E.H.Carr on Orwell after his spying became known: “I always knew he was

     

    two-faced”.

     

    Labour M.P. Gerald Kauman: “Orwell was a Big Brother too”.

  2. Bom dia,

     

     

    A few weeks back I posted that Celtic had been in touch with our CSC to say they’d be sending some kit for us to distribute in the “Community” here (it’s now PC to say “communidade” , rather than “favella” here in Brasil).

     

     

    Here’s an extract of the e-mail we’ve just sent back to Celtic today…..

     

     

     

    As we noted in a previous e-mail, UPS are the Partick Thistle of the Brasilian courier service. So, about midday yesterday the Chic Charnley of UPS Rio called me (only he’d no red hair and was old enough to be Morgan Freeman’s Granda) to say that he’d be round with our delivery in the afternoon.

     

     

    Just to make sure there was no further foul up’s I wheeched roon the hoose to wait for “Morgan Charnley” to turn up, which he did, the inevitable few hours after he’d said he would. I’m actually glad I was there as I’m sure the auld fellah (who turned out to be a crackin auld guy) would’ve given himself a hernia trying to manhandle the boxes into the hoose. Anyway, during the handover “Morgan” explained that part of the delay was one of the boxes had burst, so they had to repack it.

     

     

    Anyway, long story short, the Rio Fergus McCann CSC are now the absolute gobsmacked, very proud owners of 205 Celtic tops (the receipt said 210, but I guess the 5 missing ones are the “Angels Share” from the burst box). At this particular moment, we don’t have any suitable superlative words to express the level of gratitude for this magnificent donation. It really is a breathtaking gesture. Thank you / Obrigado very much – don’t even begin to express the gratitude felt.

     

     

    Next step here is to resolve how we will allocate the shirts with current preference being to make sure we have the Rio Celtic Boys fully supplied and then look at other potential recipients, we’ll keep you fully advised of how we proceed on this, but this may take a few weeks/month to resolve.

     

     

    Finally, we will officially send a note of thanks to Celtic FC for this magnanimous charitable act.

     

     

    Mas que um club indeed!

     

     

     

    It’s at moments like this, you realise that no matter how much we decry the Board/Company there’s Celtic blood in their veins.

     

     

    Wonderful!

  3. Meant to say

     

     

    Did anyone see Sky’s Fantasy Football Club over the weekend?

     

     

    Guesting this week was Stan Petrov. I thought he looked well and he sounded in good form. Clearly his spell at Celtic was (after the burger van nonsense under the suppose Dream Team management). The happiest of his football life judging by the way he spoke

     

     

    The show also featured some training ground tomfoolery which I presume is a regular feature and presumably by design this week featured Celtic.

     

     

    It consists of 3 players attempting to score with inswinging corners from either wing. We were treated to Messrs Commons, Mulgrew and Stokes.

     

     

    It panned out exactly as you wod expect. Commons most capable, Mulgrew very adept with his left and hopeless with his right.

     

     

    It took “Stokesey” THIRTY FOUR combined attempts to score from either wing

     

     

    I wouldn’t mind if its Lennoxtown tomfoolery but he insists on taking dead balls during games!!!!

  4. Churchill…………………He couldn’t even say ‘Nazi’. He would say ‘Noooo-zeeehz, Nooooooooooooo-zeeehz!’ It wasn’t Noses! It was Nazis!

     

     

    Churchill!…Let me tell you this! And you’re hearing this straight from the horse. Hitler was better looking than Churchill. He was a better dresser than Churchill. He had more hair! He told funnier jokes! And he could dance the pants off of Churchill!…Churchill!

     

     

    @The Producers

  5. Jamesgang,

     

     

    Right you are. They treated their own as a vast collective. Individual humans meant nothing to Communists/Socialists. Referring to the complexities of history, worship of Stalin spurred the Red Army and Russia on to victory. It is one of life’s ironies that the worship of one evil man helped to defeat another evil man. Communism and Fascism were of course two cheeks of the same backside.

  6. Off topic

     

     

    Just watched ross kemp in derry an belfast

     

     

    The peepil are not too shy about embaressing themselves every chance they get.

     

     

    Keep them on the telly

     

     

    Shankill shore

     

     

    Big brother (brethan members only)

     

     

    Shankills nxt top model

     

     

    One the guys.. Most well spoken one said

     

     

    We only wants our right and culture to be accepted and that too march down road… Ross kemp says but u get down in morning but not back in evening , is that not compromise ?

     

     

    Guy replies but thats wrong

     

     

    Anyone who has a spare 40mins have a watch.. Not great but good to have a laugh at the peepil

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

    JOHN O’NEILL

     

     

    As I said earlier,every day is an education.

     

     

    Going through life with entirely entrenched opinions,oblivious to education,entreaties or the blindingly obvious,is clearly wrong.

     

     

    Or dogma,if you prefer.

     

     

    I regularly get pulled up for having a certain opinion which seems to be in conflict with other opinions I hold. It doesn’t make me a butterfly,it just means that I hopefully see both sides of an argument,and form those opinions accordingly.

     

     

    It takes a lot to shift them,mind!

     

     

    Point being,in a discussion,I can say-yep,good point-rather than-bollocks,that is contrary to my previously stated stance.

     

     

    Ach well,maybe I am a butterfly!

  8. I find it a bit odd that a clean sheet record is seen as the goalkeeper’s record. Surely it’s the whole defence, or even the whole team, that deserves the credit. Fraser F has been brilliant but so has the Celtic defence.

  9. Re -post from end of last thread…

     

     

    NegAnon2

     

     

    Got your reply the other night re what you would do if appointed Chief Executive – very interesting it was too. I didn’t read until the next morning though.

     

     

    Re CQTEN there are some tickets available – if you email me I can sort for you – david@CQNMagazine.com

     

     

    Anyone else looking for a ticket can do likewise. We have had a few withdrawals – think it is a Catholic thing!

     

     

    Very few tickets left though.

  10. John O’Neil

     

     

    13:04 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    ‘worship of Stalin spurred the Red Army and Russia on to victory. ‘

     

     

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    Good to see you’ve recovered and are back to spouting rubbish.

     

     

    Fear of what Nazi conquest would have meant for the Russian people was what galvanised the Red Army and the civilian population..

  11. Hyw

     

    I had a copy of that. Got it in a book/coffee shop on Belfasts University Rd. Could get books there you couldn’t get anywhere else in Belfast. Since closed unfortunately. Judging by Kitalbas posts this a.m he could have kept it open on his own. KTF HYW.

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

    GEAROID 1998

     

     

    Good one,and I’m sure he’ll appreciate it!

  13. Squire Danaher

     

    I also saw the corner kick challenge.

     

    What surprised me most about Stokesy was not his poor performance, but him being daft enough to take participate, and have his one-footed skill ( or lack of) exposed to all.

     

     

    Of our current strike squad, I would be looking to replace Stokes, Samaras and possibly Puuki next season, and running with Griffiths and ANO new guy as first choice and Watt and Blade as back up.

  14. Bobby, I am a little puzzled by that last post. My first post yesterday was an article in a leading British newspaper which is of interest to some on CQN. Moreover, the article in a leading British newspaper made reference to Celtic supporters. Yet you questioned my motives for posting it. If we only want to read what we agree with then we have problems. Take care over there.

  15. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    79 caps

     

    For a long time on the spl site big Rab Douglas was credited with the most consequetive shut outs (7) in his time at Celtic.

     

    So your point about Fraser Foster getting the glory at the expense of a decent defence seems a very valid one

     

     

    For me though, going through the season undefeated is a bigger achievement than any number of conseq shut outs

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

    DOCTOR WHATFOR

     

     

    No matter,we’ve all faced worse bears than that.

     

     

    On the inside cover of a James Bond book…

     

     

    “You only live twice,once when you are born,and once when you stare death in the face”

     

     

    My thought on reading it was about facing death on the stairs.

     

     

    Dancing wi a bear holds no fear for me,I never enquire about someone’s religion.

     

     

    Just glad for them to have a pulse!

  17. Ernie, you could give your expert views to the older Russian people who I sometimes speak to. I am sure that they would love to hear you telling them about their history. Of course fear of Nazi occupation was a factor but it was not the only factor.

  18. All this talk about slavery got me interested in confirming what I had a distant memory of being told sometime, somewhere.

     

     

    ‘According to these resources as well as many more, the Scots-Irish have been enslaved longer than any other race in the world’s history.’

     

     

    http://www.electricscotland.com/history/other/white_slavery.htm

     

     

    I believe the creation of an open and fair society depends on a full and frank education system. I went to a fantastic school, with brilliant teachers, but this was not part of the curriculum they were allowed to teach.

     

     

    Hail Hail.

  19. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    Clash city bhoy

     

    surely we cant get rid of stokes. While he is no henrik larssen, at least he has a track record of sorts, griffiths watt balde and another dont

     

    these 3 have got to reach stokes level first, albeit they may need more game time to do that, but one of the reasons that watt and balde havent amassed much game time might be that stokes is better?

     

     

    For me it would be Stokes plus another with Griffiths as the 3rd choice and watt and balde in reserve

  20. Malorbhoy you lurking? Any luck with the ticket for L.A.? Do you want me to have a go at sourcing one? Hail Hail Hebcelt

  21. An audience with the one and only Ernie Lynch in a leading Moscow venue!

     

     

    Listen to Ernie educate the locals about the history of their country. It could be a sell out old boy. A sell out of rotten fruit.

  22. 79 caps and tam

     

     

    I agree. The defence is should be credited too.

     

     

    Shut out record is one I hope we achieve but unbeaten is far more important imo.

     

     

    That said, it’s still miles behind in importance compared to results and nice footy.

  23. TBJ Praying for Oscar Knox on

    Greetings CQNrs

     

     

    Last few days of my Goan holiday . Ive missed three home matches while here…. 1-0 , 1-2 and 3-0.

     

    Reading the ott hysteria on here after the cup exit I was glad I was away ( ok the glorious sunshine, magnificent food and 40p beers had a part to play too)

     

     

    Imho .. I expected us to be right up for the cup after the morton result but I wasnt shocked at losing to the strongest Aberdeen team in a decade.

     

     

    Anyhoo … home on Saturday afternoon so hoping the defence keep a clean sheet for at least 31 mins and another 3 points gained in the sprint to the championship.

     

     

    Just a wee thought about big frasers shut out record this season .. I am aware that many others may decry its value with the argument that the quality he faces each week is diminished.

     

     

    To them I would suggest they apply the same logic to the newest team in Scottish senior football and ask how their performances and shut outs / goals scored rate with the 2nd highest earners playing the lowest earners every week.

     

     

    Admin 2 ! … not possible as one would need to successfully exit admin 1 to then go into admin for a second time. Someone remind me .. is there a more severe penalty for admin 2 ?

  24. i’m neil lennon (tamrabam)

     

     

    13:20 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    I made first reference to Stokes

     

     

    As Paul says in his lead today – Stokes had scored THREE goals in 28 appearances.

     

     

    Do you think that’s Celtic class?

     

     

    Had Pukki or Balde delivered stats like that they’d be getting lynched.

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    The stars are out in this week’s Celtic View

     

    By: Newsroom Staff on 18 Feb, 2014 10:44

     

    BOTH ends of the current Celtic success story get star billing in this week’s Celtic View as hat-trick hero, Anthony Stokes and record-breaking keeper, Fraser Forster both give exclusive interviews to the club magazine.

     

     

    Manager Neil Lennon also gives his weekly interview and looks back at a weekend when a few more milestones were passed by the champions.

     

     

    Nir Biton, who put in an excellent display against St Johnstone also speaks to the View and we have the inside story on how his team-mates, Kris Commons, Charlie Mulgrew and Anthony Stokes did during Sky Sports’ famed Two-footed Corner Challenge from The Fantasy Football Club.

     

     

    Former keeper, Rab Douglas, is in the hot seat in this week’s Bhoy’s Best and Hoops legend of the 1920s, Willie McStay is the 300 Club member for this issue.

     

     

    Also on a historical note, in the lead up to the 20th Anniversary of Fergus McCann’s takeover of the club, we take a look back at who owned Celtic up until 1994 with the inside story from Brian Wilson’s magnificent The Official History of Celtic Football Club book.

     

     

    Top golfer and fervent Celtic supporter, Stephen Gallacher also gives an exclusive interview about his love of the Hoops and STV political correspondent, Bernard Ponsonby recalls when he was the View’s Celtic Boy back in 1975.

     

     

    There’s all this and so much more, including a centre-spread poster of strike force, Anthony Stokes and Leigh Griffiths in this week’s Celtic View, out Wednesday, February 19

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

    JOHN O’NEILL

     

     

    With the greatest of respect-genuinely,because I do not suspect your motives,and have communicated with you frequently-I think you made an error of judgement yesterday.

     

     

    I highlighted the background to those events-I left out the hearsay comments about the ringleader speaking with a cut glass English accent,for instance-as they were of their time,and designed to undermine a year-long ceasefire.

     

     

    One thing we should bear in mind on here-and also at Celtic Park- is that many of the things of which we speak with passion are things of which we really know very little.

     

     

    And that others on the blog actually lived it.

     

     

    I thought that your post yesterday was without perspective,and that is why I made the comments that I did.

     

     

    I hope that I managed to do so without making them sound personal,and that you have carried out a little more research on the subject.

     

     

    I did.

     

     

    I thought I was doing well,till KITALBA gave me a book list to die for!

     

     

    No offence was intended,John. Believe me. I simply believed you were wrong.

  27. john o neil has clearly been a busy boy overnight repairing his landing nets after yesterday’s massive haul

     

     

    He’s making an early start today

  28. Squire Danaher @ 1301hrs,

     

     

    to be fair to Stokes, 23 or 24 of those attempts were with his left and weaker foot and he did “score” with his 5th attempt, although the ball bounced before it crossed the line. (For those who are not au fait with this “event” the ball must go straight over line without bouncing to count.)

     

    I doubt we’ll ever see him wanting to hit a dead ball with his left foot. Esp. when we have Kris and Charlie about.

     

     

    What was more worrying for me was Anthony not realising that the ball has to cross the line – not just hit the line! – before it counts as a goal! :-)

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  29. John O’Neil

     

     

    13:18 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

     

    On a scale of 1 to 10 how great was the fear of Nazi occupation?

  30. Have to echo the plaudits for Anne Cadwaladers book “Lethal Allies”. My big wee sister, that makes sense if you have every met me and Dena :-), bought it for me at Christmas. Read the book in 3 days nonstop, it was head melting stuff and truly sickening to think of the psycopaths the “Security Forces” facilitated and that the truth was known at the highest levels right from the start.

  31. Aberdeen game apparently on BBC Alba delayed transmission 22:00 start

     

     

    Can’t be televised live as there are CL games on

     

     

    Remember a post split 18:00 ko at St Johnstone couple of years ago

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