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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. first of the gang to die

     

     

     

     

    09:37 on

     

     

    19 February, 2014

     

     

    Got a ticket for the wee huns on Saturday. Now that will be a laugh. Can’t wait.

  2. GuyFawkesaforeverhero

     

     

    whist their main man Campbell is still in charge there anything they get from the SFA is ‘tainted’ to use their own term, brass necks you couldn’t dent with a blowtorch.

  3. first of the gang to die @ 09.37 hrs

     

     

    Personally, I quite enjoy the range of topics discussed on this blog. They add to the feel of the site and – in the round – make it an informative and entertaining place to visit: football, politics, religion, music, food, betting, what’s not to like?

     

     

    Of course, it’s often neither informative nor entertaining, but hey: what do you want for nothing … ?

     

     

    FF

  4. Keepthehighballslow on

    Antons dream 11

     

    Foster

     

    Mc Namara Mjallby Virgil Boyd

     

    Petrov Wanyama Lubo Naka

     

    Henrik Sutton

     

     

    Martin O Neill Manager

  5. thunder road

     

     

    09:45 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    Morning ‘Mr Road’ :-)

     

     

    I actually spent more time on a rugby field than a football field so always appreciated that element of ‘team work’ too.

     

     

    Imagine him and VVD together. With all the wee opposition forwards getting a cuddy back off them as they tried to get to the ball. Joy!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  6. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Recently took early retirement from University of Glasgow and was used to the environment of protest prevalent in such institutions, probably much as I rebelled against authority in my day.

     

     

    I may not always approve of their choices but defend their right to exercise their entitlement to protest much as the Celtic family recently did with Roll of Honour against the criminalising establishment.

     

     

    I suspect some of the anti-Uni brigade may just regret they are not or have not been in that situation, certainly recently. The chances of this Rector ever taking an active role in the University is remote to say the least – it’s a statement of protest, and not for the first time.

     

     

    Always seen myself as an iconoclast and the world need a few of those, otherwise we have public school conservatism as an alternative. You choose.

  7. Istanbulcelt Oscar's Green & White Army on

    Keepthehighballslow

     

     

     

     

    10:02 on

     

     

    19 February, 2014

     

     

     

     

    Antons dream 11

     

    Foster

     

    Mc Namara Mjallby Virgil Boyd

     

    Petrov Wanyama Lubo Naka

     

    Henrik Sutton

     

     

    Martin O Neill Manager

     

     

     

     

    Many players here don’t qualify buddy. Go back to page 10 and see the list of players that do qualify.

  8. cowiebhoy supporting the celtic to 3 in a row

     

     

    08:50 on 19 February, 2014

     

    Hen1rik

     

     

    Told you all before Lawrence is an ex- Cowiebhoy :-)

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    :)

     

     

    HH

  9. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    macjay1 for Neil Lennon

     

     

     

    09:04 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

     

    Greenpinata

     

    08:46 on

     

    19 February, 2014

     

     

    What percentage of the Glasgow Uni. student body voted?

     

    Betcha the result was a reflection of the agitator minority.

     

    Most students in my day couldn`t give a monkey`s.

     

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    David Newall, secretary of court at the university, said: “This has been a record turnout for a rectorial election and I warmly congratulate Edward Snowden on his success.”

     

     

    Edward Snowden said he was humbled and honoured after Glasgow University students voted overwhelmingly for him to serve as their rector for the next three years.

     

     

    The highest ever turnout and won by an overwhenlming majority. Doesn’t sound like a minority of agitators to me. I think this is simply a reflection that in a free and democratic society, people would prefer that the State butted-out of their lives and certainly shouldn’t be intercepting personal communications. I’m very glad that young people at university these days DO give a monkeys. More power to them.

  10. My friends in Celtic,

     

     

    Cast your minds back some years.

     

     

    The Martians from the Cadburys Smash advert visit Parkhead and summarise :-

     

     

    They claim to support the club then spend all their time smashing it to bits. Ha ha ha.

     

     

    They claim they are not paranoid then spend plenty of their hours dispelling that. Ha, ha, ha.

     

     

    They claim their crowds are pathetic, when they are amongst the best in the UK . Ha, ha ha.

     

     

    They claim they are badly run when the opposite is the case. Ha, ha ha.

     

     

    They want to globalise their brand and keep their profile high then wish to ban all the media. Ha, ha ha.

     

     

    At that point the Martians throw their tentacles up in despair stating that the understanding of the Celtic fan is much too hard a project and go back to the potatoes.

     

     

    HH and taxi for Greenpinata.

  11. Thunder road it was Gary caldwell then at hibs who clattered stan. The next opportunity young John got he showed him what a real hard challenge was an who was the boss. That was moment for me that proved he was more than just a talent but the real deal, also the moment why it took me so long to accept Gary as a player for us. He challenged stan in a cowardly way that day like a hammer thrower but young John stood up to him.

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

    steinreignedsupreme

     

     

    09:55 on 19 February, 2014

     

    The English media never learn.

     

     

    Manchester City, yada, yada. Quadruple, ect, ect. The last tie Barcelona wanted to meet, yawn.

     

     

    Two hours later and they are all dipping into The Bumper Book of Excuses.

     

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    Does Sally know they borrowed it?

  13. rock tree bhoy

     

     

    09:46 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    Just watch McCoist come out with something this week just to keep them in the limelight.

     

     

    Wee club :)

  14. Steinreignedsupreme on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS ………FC not PLC 10:13 on 19 February, 2014

     

    steinreignedsupreme 09:55 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    The English media never learn.

     

     

    Manchester City, yada, yada. Quadruple, ect, ect. The last team Barcelona wanted to meet, yawn.

     

     

    Two hours later and they are all dipping into The Bumper Book of Excuses.

     

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    “Does Sally know they borrowed it?”

     

     

    It’s a World Cup year, as you know. The Bumper Book of Excuses stays in England until Roy and his boys are on the way home from Brazil.

     

     

    I won a cyber pint from Ryecatcher. He was backing Citeh. Hopefully he’ll get his round in.

  15. TD – not so sure about a banner but you would get away with a tee shirt saying ‘fcuk sevco’. Mind you you would need to be very careful where you went whilst wearing it.

  16. tonydonnelly67

     

    10:14 on

     

    19 February, 2014

     

     

    Point 1) A banner is not a paid for advert, so the ASA would take no role in it whatsoever.

     

     

    Point 2) If you did take a paid for advert, it’s highly likely the use of the four letter word would be ruled offensive but may not, depending on the context.

  17. Isn’t it funny how the MSM are quick to judge & comment on our fans & the GB but they never mention child abuse from the new clubs fans.

  18. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Winning Captains

     

     

    Over the moon I will be in a Seville cartoon. Made my morning.

     

    When is the book out?

     

     

    LB

  19. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Graham Poll’s take on last night’s Barca penalty …

     

     

    Barcelona’s penalty was rightly awarded. Perhaps referee Jonas Eriksson missed a foul by Sergio Busquets on Jesus Navas before the Barca attack, but these things happen in football.

     

     

    What cannot be disputed is that Martin Demichelis fouled Lionel Messi fully in the knowledge that the Argentine was through and would most likely have scored. It was a clear red card.

     

     

    There was a question over the exact position of the foul. I was taught that experienced defenders make last ditch tackles knowing they are just outside the area.

     

     

    However, in my opinion contact continued until at least the line marking the penalty area and further, meaning awarding a penalty was a correct decision.

     

     

    If there is doubt then a referee should give it outside. You can’t guess a penalty. Eriksson must have been sure and if you look at the foul from the assistant referee’s position, he will have seen contact had occurred inside.

     

     

    To further support the referee’s decision there was a second touch, this time from Demichelis’s trailing leg, and that was definitely inside the penalty area

     

     

    Have to agree with him, not that I really liked him as a referee. Yes in addition to an ex-Uni employee, I was also a Caledonian League referee. Strike 2 in some folks eyes on here! Just as well I’m from Embra, eh??

  20. NatKnow – Supporting Wee Oscar @ 10.10.

     

     

    Hypothetically if Edward Snowdon was a Russian whistleblower ( Эдуард Snowdown ) and was given refuge in the USA do you think the students would be clamouring for their typewriters in such record numbers.?

     

     

    Many students are idealistic at Uni but dramatically change their views when they enter the real world. ( Not necessarily for the better ) cue John Reid and Alistair Darling both avid communists in their younger days.

     

     

    HH.

  21. Steinreignedsupreme on

    tonydonnelly67 10:14 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    Rock Tree Bhoy 10:21 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    I don’t think there is any need for Celtic supporters to have a banner or a t-shirt with “£$%* Sevco” written on it.

     

     

    Sevco are doing a sensational job of £$%*ing themselves.

  22. traditionalist88 on

    CorkCelt

     

     

    From last night re. tickets.

     

     

    The print at home tickets at first glance are handy but they are a bit of a joke. Getting them to actually scan is a lottery. Couple of us tried them a few months ago, about 10mins before kick off, big queue behind us. Of course they didn’t work the way they were supposed to. Heard the horror stories of people being sent to the ticket office and ending up missing the first half etc but spoke to a steward at the side who let us in through the door.

     

     

    If theres any probs just find a steward who’ll let you in the side door, you have a valid ticket, not your fault if it doesn’t scan!

     

     

    HH

  23. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Greenpinta @ 10:28

     

     

    Don’t know how many students would handle a typewriter these days, but for the few examples you quoted of ‘undesirable’ graduates, there are many more who continued to challenge the established way of thinking about and doing things.

     

     

    This is the basis of Innovation, which does, and has always, fueled the Scottish culture of invention and breaking new ground, much to the betterment of Scotland PLC.

  24. Steinreignedsupreme

     

    10:21 on

     

    19 February, 2014

     

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS ………FC not PLC 10:13 on 19 February, 2014

     

    steinreignedsupreme 09:55 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    The English media never learn.

     

     

    Manchester City, yada, yada. Quadruple, ect, ect. The last team Barcelona wanted to meet, yawn.

     

     

    Two hours later and they are all dipping into The Bumper Book of Excuses.

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~**~~~~~~~~~~

     

     

    “Does Sally know they borrowed it?”

     

     

    It’s a World Cup year, as you know. The Bumper Book of Excuses stays in England until Roy and his boys are on the way home from Brazil.

     

     

    I won a cyber pint from Ryecatcher. He was backing Citeh. Hopefully he’ll get his round in.

     

     

    heh you dont be slandering the best ‘marketed’ and most ‘hyped’ league in the world.hehe

     

    I only wish the subscriptions paid by scots stayed in Scotland and maybe that money could go into our game instead of going to the best marketed and most hyped pile o nonsense the football world.

     

    Geez it will soon get to the stage more is paid to Agents than goes to our football as a whole in our country goin the way wages are rocketing.

     

    The marketing and hype bout the epl,like hyping the hyper wages(rooney etc) whilst not realising the ordinary football fan is getting more and more detatched from their club.

     

    The epl is imo the perfect example of a F.A taking the shilling for the armchair fan instead of focussing on bringing thro talent talented enough to do justice to a country of its population size.

     

    not to worry it will not be the first time football has went for a skydive withoot the parachute eh.

     

     

    hail hail An T

  25. Right. At last I’ve sorted my team out. Not easy, but here goes. 4-4-2

     

     

    Forster

     

    Lustig Van Dijk Kennedy Izaguirre

     

    Commons Wanyama Petrov Nakamura

     

    Hartson Sutton

     

     

    Manager: Gordon Strachan

     

     

    Difficult as I say to pick.

     

     

    I went for Kennedy on the quality he showed in the few games he played. A real shame he never made it due to injury as his potential was there for all to see. He sits just in front of us in them ain stand and looks like he could still play.

     

     

    Up front was difficult. I went for Hartson and Sutton because of their consitency and outstanding ability. None of the current lot really do it for me yet in terms of consistency and much as I like Sammi I just couldn’t fit him into hthis team. McDonald was too much of a moaner for me and brought a lot of negativity to the team in terms of destroying confidence but he did score important goals.

     

     

    It had to be Forster in goals. The only competition was Boruc but he came with so much baggage he should have had a conveyor belt running alongside.

     

     

    Three of the current back four (when fit) was a surprise to me when I looked back at the selection, but then again 12 clean sheets may explain that.

     

     

    And Strachan? He could be annoying at times but his ability to get us into two last 16s in the Champions League was an extraordinary achievement. The period covered was not enough of the best of Martin O’Neill and although I respect Neil Lennon and what he has achieved, I am not convinced he has the ability to recognise the need for a Plan B when it arises and can’t change a game the way Strachan was often able to. I really want Lennon to succeed, and he has in patches over his time, but there are too many lows for me (Morton, Ross County, Aberdeen, CL this season) recently. Lots of highs and hopefully more to come.

     

     

    So there it is.

  26. Steinreignedsupreme on

    I see The Flat Earth Society are up to high doe over Roll of Honour charting in the fab 40.

     

     

    Expect them to respond with a campaign to get Money’s Too Tight To Mention by Simply in the Red into the charts.

  27. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    tonydonnelly67

     

     

    09:58 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    Here, here……and Hail, Hail……..we are doing really well when you consider what we are up against in the Country…..onwards and upwards, Celtic…….down, down, downer and down, sevco :)

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

    STEINREIGNEDSUPREME

     

     

    I’ve got the original version of that.

     

     

    And it’s by THE VALENTINE BROTHERS!