Stokes, Griffiths, desolation and competition


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. traditionalist88 on

    An Tearmann : ‘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.’





    Crux of the matter for Scottish football. Our national sport and we are funding a television company who are giving us buttons in return and allowing the rich to get richer.



    We can wait until the EPL comes crashing down or we can do something about it now, I prefer the latter option. I don’t know if there is the appetite for it though. Maybe the uneven playing field that Sky have created needs to be hammered home…




  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on





    Simultaneous posting.



    Definition of an intelligent person is one who shares your opinion.



    Anyone else, is just daft!

  3. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on




    Until they change the Laws, that’s all I used as a ref to judge a handball situation – was it intentional. Caused me no amount of grief !



    I have mentioned already the call Dallas made in the World Cup in Germany when the ball struck a hand right on the goal line preventing an obvious goal. He was correct to play on (much as I dislike to use the words ‘correct’ and ‘Dallas’ in the same sentence).



    And you’re right about the handball call against JL in the cup semi – I was apoplectic about that – even my Jambo ref buddies couldn’t find a good argument for that one!



    Ernie Lynch



    OK 85 minutes. 90 minutes is tough for any team particularly at that level, but if you don’t have the ball you can’t score – that’s why Messi was so deep and only darted forward occassionally – it was about possession and stifling the opposition as an attacking threat.

  4. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    I would love to make the CQten evening but it’s my birthday that weekend and Mrs LB has made plans.


    Maybe she has got me a ticket!



    Fingers crossed CSC




  5. Has our hero been paid off ?



    Bartin Main ‏@iBartin 16m


    Sevco 5088 have filed their return at Co. House, but document not ready for inspection yet. pic.twitter.com/MlUkEiNtKm



    Bartin Main ‏@iBartin 2m


    I have downloaded the free appointments report from Co. House. An application to strike off Sevco 5088 was made yesterday.



    Bartin Main ‏@iBartin 4m


    For the avoidance of doubt, Green is now listed as the ONLY director. Only HE could have filed the return on the 17th February.

  6. sipsini



    HH and back to the Curling.






    It was called a perm back in my day ;-))





    Touché and the cry was Tongs ya ba@




  7. steinreignedsupreme


    11:24 on 19 February, 2014



    I tell my English mates that all the time… Only difference between Scotland and England national teams is, we know we’re shite – you lot are either too proud or too ignorant to acknowledge the same.

  8. Steinreignedsupreme on

    On the ITV live coverage they didn’t even discuss the Barca goal that was wrongly disallowed. Sore losers.



    Although to be fair to ITV at least they didn’t go to any adverts during the match and miss any of the action.

  9. I only wish the subscriptions paid by Scots stayed in Scotland ……….



    Has it ever occurred that that a vast amount of Scots subscribers may just want to view a superior product that is provided by EPL and have little interest in watching scottish football


    Imagine how Irish football would take off if all the money paid by Irish subscribers stayed in Ireland

  10. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Watching the curling reminds me on comments on Talksport this a.m. when the GB curling teams were referred to twice in a minute as the English teams (another good reason for independence – English arrogance – as in GB = England = GB).



    Alan Brazil , a good Tim, didn’t pick it up and correct them – think he spends too much time in Canary Wharf and not enough in the Gallowgate !!

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    09:37 on


    19 February, 2014


    The post of rector at Glasgow University has a chequered history. Snow den is merely the latest addition to the list who may be considered by some to be “off-the-wall”


    Some,in fact,have been off their trolleys.




    Looking over the list,I wonder who was rector when MACJAY was there,and whether in fact he even bothered to vote. I know I didn’t.




    Hee Hee


    Thanks for the shout.Nearly missed you.



    Among the candidates were Lord Caradon and the founder of the B.B.C.,Lord Reith, who I am bloody sure would never have tolerated the current dumbed down biased mob.


    Vote? Wouldn`t lower myself.


    In that,you and I have something in common.


    And I do mean common.:-)


    Voting was for the hoi-polloy,a tradition which has obviously persisted.



    G`day to yourself,my fellow Tim.

  12. macjay,11.06


    disingenuos on voting in Cuba is classic Myopic Idealism,


    it differs from the “liberal democracy”that we “enjoy” inasmuch


    Elections in Cuba have two phases


    1 Delegates are elected to the Municipal Assembly every 21/2 years


    2 from this delegates are elected every 5 years to the National Assembly



    Suffrage is universal to those over 16 years of age


    Voting is secret


    Votes are counted publicly,with anyone able to attend including press


    Anyone elected must receive more than 50% of votes,meaning that in some constituencies voting goes to a second round


    Voters have a right to recall delegates who are not fulfilling their mandate


    this is to ensure delegates carry out their mandates effectively


    this has the aim of ensuring elected are rooted and supported in the local community



    So not what a Career Politician in the West would like to face methinks!


    Different Strokes for Different Folks


    Right back at Ya CSC

  13. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on





    11:34 on 19 February, 2014




    NatKnow – Supporting Wee Oscar @ 11.18 hrs.



    Many thanks for your well reasoned counter argument. I too am a great believer in free speech within acceptable parameters, hence IMO talking of banning people and media outlets contradict everything I believe in.



    However the opportunity to vote for freedom of speech in Russia was and still is available. i.e. the band “Pussy Riot”



    Thanks and HH




    Like you, I don’t think banning the press is the right thing to do. Anything stupid they print is usually countered by someone with more sense.



    Not getting what you mean about “Pussy Riot” though?



    Hail hail!

  14. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Malc 11:49 on 19 February, 2014



    “I tell my English mates that all the time… Only difference between Scotland and England national teams is, we know we’re shite – you lot are either too proud or too ignorant to acknowledge the same.”



    When they attempt to mock Scottish football I like to point out that a season without silverware is a disaster for Celtic, but finishing in the top four in their hyped-up league is almost enough to merit a parade to the town hall.



    It’s all about money. Glory is incidental in English football now.


    EMBRAMIKE 1144



    I don’t recall the Dallas one. Which teams were playing,please,I’ll see if I can youtube it.








    On the other hand,fans of Iran know they’re Shi’ite.

  17. After lasts nights Barca lesson for the billion pound manc wannabes do you think that there will be an outbreak of appreciation for the efforts of our club in this country in qualifing for the Champions league group stages ! :)


    Nah neither do I after all didnt we perform in a poorer group this year against a Barca on the decline a rotten Milan and an Ajax that are in transition !!!!


    The gospel according to Snyde !!!

  18. I’m Neil Lennon (tamrabam)


    11:17 on


    19 February, 2014


    Its quite strange reading everyone tell me that the EPL is pants when for the past 10 or 15 years EPL sides have featured very heavily in the CL semi finals and finals



    Personally i think that our current Celtic side would struggle even against the bottom half of the EPL



    how much of that is to do with the skewering of coefficient so more teams from the biggest population basis are taken instead of the best football teams.


    It will be interesting to watch Man Utd when they dont make the morphine of the champions league money for a season or two(will they follow liverpools time in champs league isolation,can they afford to?) look at how much was wiped of their share value when it dawned they would not have access to CL monies.


    interesting topic tho



    HH An T

  19. Even imagine that the thousands who provided the publicans of Amsterdam with a sum they could retire on…….regularly invested the same sort of sum purchasing season tickets for Celtic Park

  20. cqn team – 3 5 2





    Mjalby Balde VVD


    Agathe lambert Petrov Moravcik Thomson


    Sutton Larsson



    manager – MON

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    11:55 on


    19 February, 2014



    Mate.You`re a good Tim.


    If you vote in Cuba,you`ve got two options.


    A) Fidel


    B)Raul,brother of Fidel.


    Since 19 frickin` 59.


    I know Cubans.I speak to Cubans.I speak reasonable Spanish.I know guys who used to send work parties to Cuba to “help out.”


    Even they know that change is essential.


    Theoretical socialism is beautiful and then we have real socialism.


    Where did it work?




    Tell me.

  22. MurdochauldandHay & Wee Oscar @ 11:48



    For the laymen that read on here in the hope of sevco demise updates, any chance of spelling out what your 11.48 posts means in terms of sevco?





    Always good to hear from you,bud.



    You take a bit of a tanking on here for your views but promote-I won’t say defend-them with aplomb. And humour.



    I have to admit to a wee Catholic/Christian guilt trip,as I recently mailed JOHN O’NEILL asking after his health,etc,and suggesting he gets himself back on the blog as you canny do it all by yourself.



    Balance must be provided in the name of fair play,and sadly PHILVISRETURNS is no longer around.



    Poor sod returned and I “disagreed on a point of order”






    Ah,well. Must be time for yer wee trip round the harbour singing “The Bells of Hell..”



    (It wisnae political correctness I disagreed with,that was a different thread!)

  24. traditionalist88 on



    11:53 on


    19 February, 2014


    I only wish the subscriptions paid by Scots stayed in Scotland ……….



    Has it ever occurred that that a vast amount of Scots subscribers may just want to view a superior product that is provided by EPL and have little interest in watching scottish football


    Imagine how Irish football would take off if all the money paid by Irish subscribers stayed in Ireland





    Yes mickbhoy and maybe some league of Ireland players wouldn’t have to take on second jobs but if my auntie had…



    The difference is Scottish football is, per head of population, one of the better supported leagues.



    People would be able to view a better product on their own doorstep if we all pulled in the same direction.



    Those who really want to watch the EPL(count me out) still could- there are ways and means…




  25. mickbhoy1888


    11:53 on


    19 February, 2014


    I only wish the subscriptions paid by Scots stayed in Scotland ……….



    Has it ever occurred that that a vast amount of Scots subscribers may just want to view a superior product that is provided by EPL and have little interest in watching scottish football


    Imagine how Irish football would take off if all the money paid by Irish subscribers stayed in Ireland



    Hi Mick,


    irish football never has had the pedigree or the history scottish football has had. that would be a first point.


    whether the product is tosh or whether one succumbs to the marketing hype there is nothing to stop sky or BT for that matter allocating(ring fencing) scottish subscriptions to the scottish game.They already have these figures.


    Scottish fans by their subscription to sky are pouring money out of the scottish game and that is before other sky issues like changing Dates of fixtures comes into play,





    An T

  26. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on




    Scotland and England must have more pro football teams by head of population that anywhere in the world.


    We certainly have far too many clubs up here.








    Me too. If he disnae get his arse back on here-and talk through it as usual-I’m gonna nip up to Witney some Saturday and look for a red-headed Scots fella smoking outside the pub.



    Yes,I know there are lots of pubs in Witney,don’t think for one minute that will put me off!

  28. BMCUW



    Put ye off??!!! Put ye off!!!!?? I imagine ye’d be gutted if ye found him in any of the first dozen. ;-)

  29. mickbhoy1888



    12:06 on 19 February, 2014



    Publicans of Amsterdam. I’ve never heard them called that before.

  30. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on




    Germany v USA world cup q final 2002






    at 1:52 – the ball strikes German hand on the line but he had no idea – decision – no intention – no penalty. Believe me I wish it had gone the other way but that’s football.





    Joooooost about,mate.



    It’s an effort I’m willing to make for a good cause.

  32. Billy Bhoy 05 ‘12.16 hrs



    “Have you any idea how many young Celts have been lifted due to The Act?”





    No idea, but even one is one too many.



    I do know that if it wasn’t for sensible Sherriff’s decisions then many more would be locked up.



    The act is fundamentally flawed as what is offensive to some is very acceptable to others. No law can be built on individual interpretation.



    HH to you.

  33. traditionalist88 on




    Yes, too many teams alright.



    What is the Sky deal worth? 80m over 5 years or so?



    Fag packet calculations but we should be getting 3-4 times that.