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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. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    greendreamz

     

     

    14:13 on 19 February, 2014

     

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    Cheers.

  2. Glasgow dave,

     

     

    It ain’t going to happen. We aren’t needed.

     

     

    Imagine the effect though. Debt. Lots of it. Lots of glory hunters. Lots of hostility from English football fans. Possibility for mediocre 8th and 9th place finishes. Hmmm… On the other hand, no hun officials.

  3. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    If Scotland was not in the EU could we pay our players Monaco type wages?

     

     

    LB

  4. Arran looks very beautiful but isn’t it costly to get there? Skye is such a wonderful place. Happy memories from there.

  5. Favourite island…..

     

     

     

    Eve muirhead.

     

     

     

    Ok she isn’t a land mass, but she is a Bute. :p

  6. Billy Bhoy 05

     

     

    14:08 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    There’s a certain lack of self awareness when someone with a surname as a first name attempts to ridicule someone over their first name.

     

     

    Especially when the person being ridiculed to steps to change his first name when he was only fourteen.

  7. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Fans of classical musicians having a laugh, the Dutch National Orchestra brass section are ripping it up at the speed skating on bbc red button.

     

     

    Quality ice cream jackets.

  8. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    I’m Neil Lennon (tamrabam) – obviously the Sky money helps the EPL teams stay far ahead of the likes of Scottish teams but do they really get more TV money than Bayern, Barca or Real? Plus the likes of Chelsea and Man City have received their main funding from non-Sky sources, as will Paris S-G and Monaco in future.

  9. eddieinkirkmichael on

    It would appear that Paul67 has been delayed in a meeting, or maybe it’s taking his lawyers longer than expected to go over the new blog.

     

     

    Anyone want to join in a wee game of guess the article headline?

     

     

    I’ll go for Anatomy of a Spiv, as yesterday’s had a reference to the latest Hobbit movie, so I think he’ll continue down the movie theme.

  10. John O’Neil

     

    14:07 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    Shuggiebhoy, if Cuba is such a wonderful place, why haven’t you moved there?

     

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    School playground arguments coming out now….

  11. Tom,

     

     

    Not really. If Shuggie thinks it is a such a great place then he should move there. Of course he may already be there. Shuggie are you there already?

  12. Phyliss,

     

     

    I don’t know facts and figures if I’m honest but I doubt Germany and the likes get much less than England for tv rights.

     

     

    Also many seem to forget the inglush done no too bad in Europe long before Santa Sky came along.

  13. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Geordie Munro

     

     

    14:22 on

     

     

    I wouldn’t mind being stranded there, I’d curl up nice and close ;)

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Shuggiebhoy67

     

    13:40 on

     

    19 February, 2014

     

     

    Cubans don`t have a vote.

     

    Suffragette movement UK.…………..votes for women.

     

    Damn right.

     

    Nineteen whenever………..

     

     

    2014

     

    Cubans still DON`T HAVE A VOTE.

     

    Like non-white South Africans during apartheid.

     

    An affront to decency.

     

    Human rights ignored.

  15. Billy Bhoy 05- did your campaign manager set you and your party members a list of blogs to come on attack anyone who disagreed with the yes campaign and we were unlucky enough to get you?

     

    We’ve discussed this, attacking people who have a different views to you will lose you votes. You’ve done more damage to your campaign on here than good.

     

     

    Elsewhere in the real world the SNP’s policies up until now have all been to buy votes. Long term there is no way free prescriptions for all should or could continue, for those who need them yes, I’m all for that but each ‘free’ prescription costs £40 in real money. This can’t last forever and they know this and so do those who rightly voted against this in the Scottish Executive.

     

     

    Additionally, free tuition fees (£6K-£20K per student per year)will again, not last forever but coincidentally meet the needs of the demographic they believe they need for chance of success on the indy vote. They (snp) know these policies won’t last forever and when a new party reviews them, the snp will make them out as bad guys, despite the fact they were never sustainable viable options in the first place.

     

     

    The way the yes vote campaign rolls as far as I see it:

     

     

    We have a plan

     

    You’ll have to wait for the plan

     

    Here’s the plan we’ve dumbed it down for the audience.

     

    Yes we see plan A is franced and yes there is no plan B.

     

    What we are doing now is attacking all with the audacity to think we should have thought this through and at least have a plan b. Do we have a plan b yet? no but we’ll campaign for one.

     

    We shall continue to attack those with differing views and see how it all pans out.

     

     

    Back to Celtic please?

     

    Hail Hail ;-)

  16. John O’Neill,

     

     

    You speak from a perspective that far far too many on here don’t even begin to appreciate, let alone understand. That perspective only really comes, I believe, from living in and learning from another culture.

     

     

    Our founder did appreciate this, as he insisted on our being called CELTIC, which was meant to act as a bridge between Scotland and Ireland, rather than Hibernian. We should be trying to integrate into Scottish culture rather than PROTESTING and proclaiming our difference. I believe that our mission statement reflects this.

     

     

    Maybe if we become independent, attitudes may change among some of our support. Doubt it.

  17. Elsewhere in the real world the SNP’s policies up until now have all been to buy votes. Long term there is no way free prescriptions for all should or could continue, for those who need them yes, I’m all for that but each ‘free’ prescription costs £40 in real money. This can’t last forever and they know this and so do those who rightly voted against this in the Scottish Executive.

     

     

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    Martin, such realism will soon have you condemned as a heartless Tory. Savage cuts etc…

     

     

    There isn’t much to talk about Celtic. It is one of the effects of no cup football.

  18. Phyllis Dietrichson

     

     

    good point on the ban, had overlooked that fact completely. Thanks for correcting me.

     

     

    On my general point, I do not see a league anywhere in Europe stronger (in depth) than the EPL. I think the stats confirm this. Certainly Man Utd are not as strong, but Man City have got stronger, Chelsea continue to spend and have overtaken Utd, Liverpool are on the way back playing great football under a good manager. I don’t see why one or two of them will not continue to reach finals.

     

     

    Barca and Bayern are very good sides, but outside of those two, who will provide a consistent challenge?

  19. Parkhead,

     

     

    Quite a few posters post from different countries. Not sure if that makes our opinions more valid. I wholeheartedly support your post about integration and moving away from a ghetto mentality. I fear that attitudes won’t change for some time however.

  20. theoriginalsadiesbhoy @ 13:24 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    What is the operating system?

     

     

    From Microsoft:

     

     

    “Occasionally, Windows might not read your user profile correctly, such as if your antivirus software is scanning your computer while you try to log on. Before you follow the methods here, try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account again to resolve the issue.”

  21. weeminger

     

    14:17 on

     

    19 February, 2014

     

    greendreamz

     

    14:13 on

     

    19 February, 2014

     

     

    You’ve gone over complicated there. I think he means her work, as in the things she’s done and saved on that laptop. Not her work as in the servers of the place where she works.

     

     

     

     

    13:24 on 19 February, 2014

     

    I would be grateful if any techies on here can help me. My wife can’t get access to her work on the family PC. When she tries to enter, a message comes up saying,

     

     

    “The User Profile Service failed the logon.

     

     

    User Profile cannot be loaded.”

     

     

     

    Its been clearly stated that the person is trying to access their work system from a remote PC (their home) and is failing. It maybe their work they are trying to access but they are trying to access it from outside the system i.e. via the internet

     

     

    ISo what have I missed?

  22. All’s fine in the blinkered world of macjay1 for Neil Lennon,

     

    he has his vote and is happy being patronised by the corrupt political system in this country.

     

    Wake up! you’ve no one to vote for other than greedy corrupt self serving individuals banded together with no ideal other than to work out how to stay in power.

     

     

    Right wing greed mongers pillory the poor and vulnerable in our so called society using extreme cases from the Daily Mail to numb there consciences whilst spending billions on aircraft carriers and nuclear weapons just so the politicians can pretend the map’s still largely pink and can sit at the top tables in NATO

  23. Parkheadcumsalford

     

     

    14:37 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

     

     

    ‘Our founder did appreciate this, as he insisted on our being called CELTIC, which was meant to act as a bridge between Scotland and Ireland’

     

     

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    Bit of a latter day, historical revisionist myth.

     

     

    Pretty much dismissed by Woods and Campbell.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    rather than Hibernian. We should be trying to integrate into Scottish culture rather than PROTESTING and proclaiming our difference. I believe that our mission statement reflects this.

     

     

    Maybe if we become independent, attitudes may change among some of our support. Doubt it.

  24. I liked this post on Phills blog, regarding thems just waiting on the £30 million from the rich South African, lol,

     

     

    Like sevco I also get emails from African people (usually princes) offering me £30 million for free. All I have to do is give them my bank details

  25. Yep, it’s all the Daily Mail’s fault.

     

     

    “Right wing greed mongers”. No left wingers could ever be greedy could they. Your lot aren’t any different to the other lot. They are all humans. At least the Tories admit that they like money.

  26. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    twists n turns – I agree to a certain extent with your “EPL strength in depth” argument – certainly the EPL 4th, 5th and 6th would beat their counterparts in Germany or Spain, but what about the teams below that? Is there really that much depth?

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

    eddieinkirkmichael

     

     

    13:19 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    Fully agree…I would enter at Junior level just to get away from here… :) …dirty cheating barstewards….

  28. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    ernie lynch

     

     

    14:47 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

    We will always be different from them, and we will always proclaim that difference

  29. Eddieinkirkmichael

     

     

    I have the pleasure of looking out my window to Arran and the views are exceptionally stunning, particularly when like now the mountains are covered in snow.

  30. John O’Neil

     

     

     

    14:49 on 19 February, 2014

     

     

     

    Yep, it’s all the Daily Mail’s fault.

     

     

    “Right wing greed mongers”. No left wingers could ever be greedy could they. Your lot aren’t any different to the other lot. They are all humans. At least the Tories admit that they like money.

     

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    I think we’re talking primary school playground levels now.

     

    No point in continuing any discussions…….