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. eddieinkirkmichael on

    So what’s the subject we’re getting an education on today? Read some great article yesterday related to Irish and white slavery in general. It’s a subject I haven’t visited before and was taken by surprise at the extent of white slavery in the British Empire.

  2. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    stein reigned supreme


    You ask why i thik that we would struggle against the newacastles and cardiffs etc? well i think we would struggle because we regularly struggle against many of scotland minnows, the kilmarnocks and hibs and dons etc and i reckon that the scottish minnows are well behind the so called EPL minows.


    Our CL results from the group stage and qualification rounds didnt fill me with hope either. Now if you had asked me if MON seville team could compete, i would give a resounding yes. But we have fallen quite a bit since then.



    Maybe if i turned your question around, perhaps it might be appropriate to ask why you think we could compete in the EPL



    Gordon J


    I agree that with another 50 million quid a year of sky money to spend we could be a decent EPL side too


    Realistically speaking, maybe that suggests that we are 50 million quid a year shy of being a good EPL side





    Thanks,mate. I didn’t see that game,but no surprise Dallas favoured the hun!



    Strictly speaking,no pen. And that is why-as I said-it should be altered to gaining an advantage.



    BTW,I l-o-v-e-d that World Cup tournament. Pubs open at 7 am,and still young enough to take advantage.



    Nowadays I’d be asleep before normal opening time!





    With respect,I think your second reply answered your first.

  5. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    For those posting about the right to protest and express your opinion at Uni or elsewhere, a final comment before gym time.



    The fact that you are posting on here means that you feel strongly enough about opinions expressed to do so – many, many don’t bother, just lurk or don’t read or care in the first place.



    The fact that your opinions are not always met with the approval of others probably doesn’t bother you or deter you from continuing to voice your opinion. And we tolerate these opinions rightly or wrongly on the basis that all forms of expression are welcome in a democratic forum. Some other countries don’t have that luxury!



    So railing against other ‘protestors by opinion’ seems a bit like shooting yourself in the


    foot or turkeys voting for Xmas

  6. Neil McCann says that Celtic need to bring in more of their youth players to the first team. For once I agree. I have been moaning about it for a while.



    However, when I think about the under-20’s games I have watched over the past couple of years I think of these players as the ones who could have “made it”



    Jackson Irvine (on loan at Killie)


    Tony Watt (On loan)


    FIlip Twardzik (Been out 18 months)


    Paul George (On loan at Accies)



    The first team currently have Fisher and Forrest from the first team.



    If I was managing our transfer policy I wouldn’t want to sign much in the summer unless they were really special



    We will have good young players returning from loan and injury to integrate into the already bloated squad.

  7. traditionalist88 on

    Funny when you find articles the author has forgotten to change to accomodate the big lie that Rangers didn’t die:





    Sky reveals new SPL TV deal for five years


    Broadcaster Sky Sports has confirmed it has reached agreement with the Scottish Premier League to continue its coverage of Scottish football for at least another five years.



    Five live Rangers fixtures in Division Three are included in the deal along with 30 from the top flight.



    There had been fears that a TV deal might disappear as a result of Rangers dropping out of the SPL.



    But no figures have yet been released about the value of the new deal.



    Clubs now have certainty over their income and exposure across the UK and Ireland



    The SPL had agreed a TV deal worth £80m over five years with Sky and fellow broadcaster ESPN before the old Rangers slipped towards liquidation.



    And SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster and Scottish FA counterpart Stewart Regan had both warned of dire financial consequences should the new club not start life in Division One…



  8. Phil’s latest talking of the rumours doing the rounds that mysterious SA investors ready to put up 30million to save the mighty sevco FC. Purely by coincidence the exact amount Supper Sallary stated sevco needed to ‘return’ to the top flight.


    Not sure how you can return to a place you’ve never been to ?!



    I have little doubt that many a pub-going, sevconian who likes to read the news, or even the stuff published by the SMSM, will be only too happy to swallow swallow the latest myth of imminent salvation.


    But as everyone knows only too well, Minty spent years trying to find someone willing to flush their dosh down the govan dunny and finally came up with one man willing to spend less than a billionth of his off the radar wealth and save RFCil.


    That was when RFCil were in the top flight and competing in the CL.



    I might be wrong here but I would think it highly unlikely to find anyone who shares the necessary qualities to live up to the latest rumours: to be off the planet both in terms of wealth and mental state.



    Perhaps the SMSM’s previous story about the Easedales selling their bus company for mega millions solely with the aim of funnelling 20million into sevco, having been exposed as complete fiction might just serve to make even the most gullible sevconians realise, myth is myth.

  9. jist in fae the jiggin’




    Celtic,would not last any more than One Season,in the E.P.L.



    That’s a Lock.( Lock: Yankee Slang… fur.. A Racing Certainty. Gamblin’ Term.)



    It wid be downright foolish tae Believe otherwise.



    Noo.. Why Dae Ah say that?



    Well. It’s because Ah possess….



    UN -Common Sense…



    No Mystery. that’s why.










    Good point. Over the years I have grown to prefer the company of people who,while we do have a lot in common,still differ enough that a good and frequently heated “discussion” is always available.



    Just a wee spark the usually blue touch paper,and we’re off!



    It’s a boring life when everyone just says,”Aye,right enough. Whose round is it?”

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    12:11 on


    19 February, 2014





    The love of Celtic is all-consuming.


    As the token Tim in my class at Uni ,I used to take on all comers in defending the Celtic corner.With relish.


    Celtic.All inclusive.


    Free of dominant,or recessive, factions seeking to use Celtic to promote their particular agenda.



    Bells of hell is it?


    For you yan orange……………



    Note the inclusion of the “n”.



    Marching down to the Govan ferry.


    The memory still gives me a frisson.


    Defiance,ya basss.

  12. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on




    Thankfully I’ve retired from Uni and refereeing so can prognosticate from the balcony as in Waldorf in the Muppets.



    Never really got over referees being sponsored by Specsaver – great marketing ploy but made my life pure hell !



    In Chicago again in June so will be watching the groups stages there. KOs are at 11 am, 2pm and 5pm – could miss a good few evenings sleeping it off !!

  13. traditionalist88 on

    No changes to final pre-split home matches


    By: Newsroom Staff on 19 Feb, 2014 12:18



    CELTIC Football Club has received confirmation today that its matches at Celtic Park on March 22 and March 29 against St Mirren and Ross County respectively will NOT be moved for broadcasting purposes.



    Therefore both these matches will take place on those Saturdays, both kicking – off at 3pm.



    We have been advised that there will be no changes to these arrangements.



    We appreciate this information which we are pleased to communicate to supporters

  14. The old dead firm fixture was one of skys biggest earners,do you think they are bothered bout cheating?fraud? na didnt think so they so want to protect their ‘product’ and there will be tsunami after tsunami of dead firm nonsense ahead.I hope Celtic step forward and reinforce their stand alone strategy and not Dermots personal and rather pockled view of the cheats history.



    have a nice day Celts.



    Hail Hail An T

  15. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 @12.33hrs.



    Your absolutely correct. Opinions are just that—— well opinions.


    I do not think that any previous posts suggest that people at Uni or elsewhere for that matter do not have the right to protest or elect whoever the want.



    It is purely their choice that mystifies many.



    By some other countries not having basic freedoms we take for granted; do you mean Russia and Cuba by any chance ?



    PS : The English ladies team have just been knocked out. ref talksport.








    You are overlooking the increase in income.



    Signings would not be bargain basement as now,not with around £50m guaranteed additional income.



    Disnae matter,it is purely hypothetical,so you might be right,I might be right,we will never find out.

  17. Traditionalist is killi game on CQ10 night? or is that a rumour lol



    all the best



    hail hail An T





    That’s the one. Love it. Really wound them up!





    Maybe Celtic will let the CQ10ers watch the game on the big screens.



    I predict a sales bonanza for PAOLOSBOOTS hotbotts.

  20. Bobby Murdoch



    Do You Mean tae tell me that..



    If Celtic, Entered the E.P.L. next season,they would Automatically receive a Bountiful. T.V. Payment..n wid be able then tae rush tae the Transfer Market..


    N Stock Up?






    We Kicked a Ball?






    Ah didnae Know That.



    If that is the Case..



    Then .. Please Ignore Ma Previous Claim.





    Still Laughin’

  21. Steinreignedsupreme on

    I’m Neil Lennon (tamrabam) 12:28 on 19 February, 2014



    Celtic sometimes labour to beat the likes of Kilmarnock, Hibs and Aberdeen, but just as often we wipe the floor with them. Just your average football season.



    The English teams making up three quarters of the EPL are doing just that … making up the numbers. They are obviously better than the majority of Scottish Premiership teams because they have resources that dwarf the likes of Hearts, Inverness and Motherwell.



    They don’t compete with the top four anymore than the other SP teams compete with Celtic. On the day, any team can get a result, but that happens in every competition.



    Celtic compete more often than not at CL level, a competition that is far tougher than the EPL. We have games when we are outclassed, but Celtic have definitely given a good account of themselves at that level over the years. That is why I don’t think we would struggle against most of the teams in the EPL.

  22. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on




    I’ve often queried other peoples choices but as they say opinions are like a*holes – everybody’s got one.



    And if we all liked the same music, drank the same beer, supported the same team (?!) and liked the same women, then life would be more boring and CQN a poorer forum !



    Of oot as GB / England / GB curling team got ‘hammered’ with last stone ….



    of course because they lost they will now be Scottish no doubt ……



    Freeeeedooooom !!!!





    I think the payment for the first season is part paid in advance,rest at the end of the season.



    As it is guaranteed-and remember,transfer fees tend to be paid in instalments,I cannot see your problem on it.



    Like I said,hypothetical.

  24. Rock Tree Bhoy


    12:10 on


    19 February, 2014


    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?






    Like you Rock Boy I’m just a layman also,was hoping some of our more knowledgeable sages would know the answer

  25. So their academy get six stars…………..no under 20’s team, players thorugh Murray park (or Auchinknowe or whatever it’s called) not owned by the team….wonder what Falkirk’s, Queens Park, Dundee United’s and ours are then?



    What impact does Bartin Mains tweets have for ongoing court case?



    Barca showed how well Neil manages his team for the big games. Big spending Manchester City were shocked and couldn’t cope with them last night……….looking forward to Arsenal and Bayern Muenchen tonight.



    Did I read right and CQN10 is same night as Killie game? (just as well the missus is used to me following the game any which way I can:)




  26. Kojo





    12:38 on



    19 February, 2014




    The current squad would struggle but if we were in the EPL Hooper and Wanyama and Ledley would still be at CP as we could at least match Southampton, Norwich and Crystal Palace wages, Foster would also be wage happy and only the lure of a top 4 club would take him away.



    No need for VVD to go either and there you have the backbone of a team that beat Barcelona at home.



    Then we have TV money to strengthen the rest.



    With 20 home games winning half and drawing half we would have 40 points.



    Last season the bottom three EPL clubs, Wigan Reading and QPR had 36, 28 and 25 points respectively.



    On a points total of 50 i.e. 3 away wins and a draw over home games we would have finished 8th.



    There are 13 reasons why the EPL do not want us, those below 8th position.

  27. Bobby Murdoch



    Like Ah jist said..



    If ..You are correct in Your Presumption..






    Furget awe aboot whit Ah Predicted , concerning Celtic’s… First Season ,in the E.P.L .. Well. Fate.





    Still Laughin’

  28. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12



    Totally agree with everything you said, enjoy the gym.



    Best Rgds and HH.

  29. greenpinata



    Ta for your response but I don’t think because a government makes an arse of The Act it should be detested and pilloried, particularly when it does so many good things despite being up against a Tory government.


    I would also take issue against the small minded bigots who come on this site and falsely claim we live in a horrible wee country.


    I’ve travelled widely and I choose to live here because for all it’s faults, bigotry being the most prevalent, but not nearly as bad as it used to be, it is one of the best country’s on the planet. And if there is a better and more friendlier city than Glasgow, I’ve not been in it.

  30. traditionalist88 on

    EPL now



    Like the CL, we’d do very well at home, not quite so well away.



    So we’d be fine in the EPL, is what I’m trying to say.



    Why not join a better league than the EPL such as the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, the Eredivisie, Super Liga in Turkey, the Pro League in Belgium or the Portuguease Primeira Division though? ;)


    Why not talk about how we’d get on there?!




  31. Kojo,



    With increased viewing figures, due to playing in epl, I’d reckon we could compete with the best off them, then again I’m a dreamer when it comes too Celtic.



    Ye never know…kojo.





    I know a number of Celtic supporters who previously not disposed towards independence are thoroughly sick of London-centric policies and would go for it-but for the OB Act.



    It is of course merely the tip of the iceberg,but conclusive in one respect.



    That the politicians available to us in Scotland are incompetent,and not capable of running a Parish Council.



    Regardless of party-and I stated this at the time of the Devolution campaign-they are useless.



    It’s not bigotry or bias,though IMO those are factors which we ignore at our peril.



    Time servers in power,like shop stewards in the old days.