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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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Select 11 players in either a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formation; you’ll need a goalkeeper, two full backs, two central defenders, 3 or 4 midfielders and 2 or 3 forwards.  You also need to select a manager from the decade.

The team judged as the strongest will be announced at the CQteN St Patrick’s Dinner on 14 March.  The event is open to bloggers and lurkers but you can only enter ONCE.  Closing date is 3pm, Sunday 9 March.  There will be prizes!!

So far around 60 people have entered teams so we have lots to do to hit the £1000 target.  For a comprehensive list of players who are eligible for selection, see CRC’s comment here.  Email your entry to Doc here, and remember to include a manager: doccqten@gmail.com

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  1. My view? Stalin worship was a factor. I trust the opinions of those people. Having not lived at that time, it is not a bad source. Reeally got to go.

  2. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar

     

     

    Their mob hangs around two areas really. Haymarket station and the Haymarket bar and the pubs up Slateford near where I live. Waverly is a fair jaunt to the stadium. You are better getting off at Haymarlet come out the station and head west towards Murrayfield and jump a taxi to the Roseburn Bar. As long as you are early it’s OK for a pint. You will be there in plenty time for the Tesco Express as well!

     

     

    LB

  3. traditionalist88 on

    Leigh Griffiths will definitely add to his strike against St Johnstone when he takes the field on Saturday.

     

     

    HH

  4. John O’Neil

     

     

    14:04 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    Let’s try a different approach.

     

     

    Suppose, for example that the USSR had been invaded by the USA rather than nazi Germany do you think the soviet people and the red army would, through their hero worship of Stalin, have fought with the same determination and commitment?

  5. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Geordie Munro

     

     

    Would be great to finish the season with more goals at their ground than they could muster in all their home matches.

     

     

    LB

  6. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Livibhoy

     

     

    Thanks for that. I’m sure the missus will see off any would be assailants :-)

  7. “On a day like this

     

    When my mind is numb

     

    (with happiness)

     

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    braw…….

  8. John O’Neil

     

     

    14:04 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

    In other words was the soviet people’s commitment to Stalin only because he offered a means of defending themselves against nazi Germany rather than anything else.

  9. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar

     

     

    It is probably highly unlikely you will get any trouble at all but warning people is part of the prevention. They are horrible and sneaky that mob. Complete cowards and their scarf fans hate us with a passion. Their mob don’t venture past the West End of the city centre. Hibs run the town centre.

     

    It’s highly embarrassing in this day and age to be honest but the last Celtic v Hearts game at Tynecastle I met my Jambo mate at a bar on Slateford and their mob started coming in. I left pretty pronto because their were quite a few guys I knew from Livingston there and it only takes one eejit to drop you in it.

     

     

    LB

  10. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Livibhoy

     

     

    Cheers again. I know that I’ll be grand but better just to be cautious especially as the missus will be there too.

  11. LB,

     

     

    Do you work beside me?

     

     

    Guy at work just said exact same thing. Spooky.

     

     

    I hope we do too….after scoring only two goals on Saturday!! :))

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

     

    …….. THAT WAS A BIT PREMATURE!!!! H.H.

  13. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Geordie M

     

     

    Not any more she doesn’t, she’s had enough of the petty squabling, attention seekers and those who deliberately court controversy.

     

     

    And that’s just me :-)

  14. Istanbulcelt Oscar's Green & White Army on

    Auldheid

     

     

     

     

    13:53 on

     

     

    18 February, 2014

     

     

     

     

    John O’Neil

     

     

    12:57 on

     

     

    18 February, 2014

     

     

    Ok, so who is going to mention the good things about the British empire? Is that allowed

     

    ========================

     

    Well…..

     

     

    I was going to mention The Empire Biscuit but then

     

     

    I remember them also being called German Biscuits.

     

     

    So I’m a bit confused which empire they belong to.

     

     

    No doubt some biscuit expert in the wide CQN world geographically and historically will inform us of which biscuit tin the said biscuit belongs.

     

     

    On the merits of said biscuit I found it was best enjoyed in the company of a cup of tea, being rather dry.

     

     

    = = = = =

     

     

     

    I always thought ”Family Circle” was a metaphor for a secret members only organisation.

  15. John O’Neil

     

     

    13:37 on 18 February, 2014

     

    Squire, there is an idea that some people seek attention on CQN. CQN is comprised of white, middle aged men mostly. It is not comprised of sultry young females.

     

     

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    Speak for yourself, sweetheart…

     

     

     

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  17. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers ………fc not plc

     

     

    14:06 on 18 February, 2014

     

    HAMILTON TIM

     

     

    No,mate.

     

     

    I’m sure you’ll be safe.

     

     

    In fact I hear they encourage wearing a Tricolour and singing songs of remembrance and celebration.

     

     

    Well,in comparison wi the eejits at Haymarket,they do!

     

     

    Enjoy Edinburgh,in the 80s I spent many a good time there. But for all it is a fantastic city,it badly needs a population transplant.

     

    ……………………………………………………

     

     

    It’s getting one as we speak. It will be Poland’s second city in a few years :-))

  18. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    John o’neill

     

     

    Aye and watch who you’re calling middle aged.mi’m in my sixties.

  19. So Sevco 5088 own the Big Hoose, Sevco Scotland own the illegally acquired licence?

     

     

    Our hero owns 5088 and that’s why the the the Rangers are toxic?

     

     

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  20. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    MT

     

     

    Yes. Unless of course we can win the league that night.

     

     

    Are you?

  21. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    TheOriginalSadiesBhoy

     

     

    I know you probably said that in jest but in all seriousness most of the Poles have gone.

     

    The ones who have stayed are finding how tough it is to live here.

     

    I know a Polish couple and they are determined to stay here. Both work and they are really struggling. They want to stay here for their kid to have a better life.

     

     

    LB

  22. charliebhoy

     

     

     

    14:20 on 18 February, 2014

     

     

     

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

     

    …….. THAT WAS A BIT PREMATURE!!!! H.H.

     

     

    Give hime a break! He is just getting into his rhythm! ;)

  23. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on

    HT yes with Mrs and 2 daughters and niece eldest daughters boyfriend. Oh and 3 of cqn’s finest at table I believe.

     

    Looking forward to it mate been awhile since I had the good company of cqners and chance to meet new ones.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    KTF

  24. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    livibhoy – god bless wee oscar

     

     

    14:49 on 18 February, 2014

     

    TheOriginalSadiesBhoy

     

     

    I know you probably said that in jest but in all seriousness most of the Poles have gone.

     

    The ones who have stayed are finding how tough it is to live here.

     

    I know a Polish couple and they are determined to stay here. Both work and they are really struggling. They want to stay here for their kid to have a better life.

     

     

    LB

     

    …………………………………………

     

     

    I was speaking in jest of course. I’m up in Leith a couple of times a week and I can verify that there are still a lot of Polish families living there. I hope they make a go of it and successfully settle in Scotland.

  25. marrakesh express

     

     

    13:41 on 18 February, 2014

     

    Bourne

     

     

    I know…bet you dont get that sort of debate over on Fascist Fascist.

     

    _____________________________

     

    Think I’ve logged into a unifest on Irish history and literature, The Shameock Book Readers Club, astonishing .

  26. Most of the choices were fairly easy, except for keeper. I went with Big Artur with sticking it up the Huns as a tie-breaker …

     

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~

     

    Hooper – Hartson

     

     

    Alan Thompson – Wanyama – Petrov – Nakamura

     

     

    Izaguirre – Van Dijk – Bobo Balde – Lustig

     

     

    Boruc

     

     

    Manager: Strachan

  27. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    TheOriginalSadiesBhoy

     

     

    Leith and the Gorgie area have the majority. There are dwindling numbers though. I hope they can stick it out too. There were a few eejits around but they left pronto. The majority appear to be good hard working people.

     

     

    LB

  28. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    livibhoy – god bless wee oscar

     

     

    15:01 on 18 February, 2014

     

    TheOriginalSadiesBhoy

     

     

    Leith and the Gorgie area have the majority. There are dwindling numbers though. I hope they can stick it out too. There were a few eejits around but they left pronto. The majority appear to be good hard working people.

     

     

    LB

     

    …………………………………………

     

     

    Sadly there are always eejits who make it difficult for the others. There are a number of Polish kids in my grandson’s class at school. Parents all seem like good people. Trying to fit in and as you say wanting the best for their kids like all of us.

  29. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    MT

     

     

    Really looking forward to it but I’ll be shattered as I’m away all that week on residential course and won’t get back until 4pm on the Friday!

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