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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. HT

     

     

    Is that you getting the excuses in early !

     

     

    Only kidding mate , see you there I owe you a pint .

     

     

    HH

  2. BMCUW

     

     

    Previous thread-

     

     

    Stuart Hall – the Jamaican cultural theorist .

     

     

    Died last week.

  3. traditionalist88 on

    Stolen in full from TSFM:

     

     

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    Greg Ioannidis on Twitter dropping some subtle hints:

     

     

    ‘Administration.’

     

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    ‘One governing body could soon have a hot potato in its hands.’

     

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    ‘It is not the definition of a club that causes problems but rather its ‘existence’ with regards to the holding company & the rules in place.’

     

     

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  4. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on

    HT/ohits he refuses nothing but blows.

     

    Looking forward to seeing you there mate hell I might buy you a pint of the black stuff. Enjoy your course.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    KTF

  5. 79caps 13.08

     

     

    It is suiting Celtics purpose for Fraser Forster to be in the limelight.

     

    It up’s his stature ,and selling fee when we sell him.

     

     

    The big man is the best keeper that Celtic have had in my 40 years of watching us live.

     

     

    There is no doubt it still is a team record.

     

     

    TT

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    Ole tonydonelly67 home from the Brazen

  7. A wee bit off topic. I went to Brockville (a dump) back in the 90’s. Only tickets left on the bus were for the Falkirk end. I swapped shirts with my mate (we were both fat) Anyway it was a good game, it was 3-2 to Falkirk with about a quarter of an hour to go. Falkirk score again and a jubilant bairn asks me who scored. I replied in a kind of singing type voice “I think it was Ian McCall” (I hadn’t a clue who it was) Time to leave I thought, there was more than just myself leaving, obviously more Tims than me had Falkirk end tickets. By the time I got back to the bus it was 4-3. A couple more bus members got on the bus. They never got any kind of ticket and just took in the splendor and ambiance of Falkirk toon centre. Celtic score again, 4-4. Then on 90 mins John Collins scores with a peach of a free kick. Jubilation on the bus with me and my drunken comrades. After that game I always stayed to the end. And I never won the football card either. Lucky white heather.

  8. John O Neil

     

     

    Previous thread-

     

     

    The Creator.

     

     

    A mighty fine film with a wonderfully creepy soundtrack.

     

     

    Banned in Czechoslovakia for 20 years.

  9. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    BoscoBhoy02

     

     

    I was also in the Falkirk end at that game. We got moved to the Celtic end after Mogga got sent off. One of the best matches I have ever been at for sheer drama.

     

     

    LB

  10. Top golfer and fervent Celtic supporter, Stephen Gallacher also gives an exclusive interview about his love of the Hoops and STV political correspondent, Bernard Ponsonby recalls when he was the View’s Celtic Boy back in 1975.

     

     

     

     

    There’s all this and so much more, including a centre-spread poster of strike force, Anthony Stokes and Leigh Griffiths in this week’s Celtic View, out Wednesday, February 19

     

     

    Surely this cannot be the same Stephen Gallacher,writing for “The View,Celtic fanatic,that fiddled the Scottish cup draw last week,to give the huns an easy tie.

     

    Well thats what many on here were saying.We should be told.Maybe he will mention his aiding the huns in his article.

  11. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    HT

     

     

    I have had a few pints in the Roseburn bar — not a bad boozer a few years ago but can’t speak for its reputation now.

     

     

    I have a pal who has stayed near Haymarket for years and is a big Celtic fan who knocks about with a few Jambos — on a one to one basis fine but when the crazies start piling in he feels less secure and just acts daft — which he finds easy!

     

     

    Bourne:

     

     

    Some free advice!

     

     

    Never ever answer a question such as ” Can you do Heizenberg’s wife?”

     

     

    There is no correct answer to such a question!

  12. LiviBhoy

     

     

    I had to wait until the next day to see all the goals on Scotsport. I could feel donkey ears growing on my head when I watched it. lol

  13. Will Rangers be able to afford a good first division squad next year? Obviously the likes of Daly & Shiels will be released once admin occurs. But who can they afford?

     

     

    Will Ally be expected to earn his keep?

  14. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma

     

     

    The Roseburn is a decent enough pub. They have the trap system in there which I had never heard of. My wifes cousin explained it to me. If you have frequented the bar yourself you may know the layout. Your mate may or may not have herad about it.

     

    There are sort of glass partitions at various points of the bar known as traps to the locals. The locals will only drink in their own trap. Starting at the bottom nearest the door in the corner it is the auld boys. The next trap is the golf section and the night I had this explained most of them dressed like golfers. Then it’s the sort of 30-40 somethings. The last two traps are for the young guys and the one nearest the lounge is for strangers and the young team. Never heard of this in my life myself but certain guys will not stand in another trap. This obviously won’t apply when the Hoops are visiting but I have never heard of it before.

     

    Obviously all bars have certain areas where regulars always congregate but I have never in my life heard of a regimented divided bar like this before.

     

    Anyone else got any examples? Usually the bar itself is a free for all! The seating is sometimes a different prospect altogether. The lounge is for guys with burds apparently. We moved into the lounge to get a seat to watch the boxing and moved before it started because although the bar was mobbed the lounge was totally dead!

     

     

    LB

  15. Stephen Gallacher is Bernard Gallacher’s nephew and Kirsty Gallacher’s cousin.

     

     

    Kirsty Gallacher and Bernard Gallacher support (or say they so) Hibs. Are they both doing a Nevin and should we interview them on CQN? (I’ll interview Kirsty… more than.happy to do so)

     

     

    Or did Stephen’s side of the family see the light?

  16. There was no such utterances of an empire biscuit in my auld fellas household when I was young it was a JELLY TOT biscuit with tea as the accompliment.

     

    Now ! JELLY TOT AND ICE CREAM is more relevant dont you think ;))

  17. Stephen Gallacher sat in front of me in North Stand 106 for years before he gravitated to the posher seats.

     

     

    Good bloke. Rubbish at cup draws.

  18. Boa tarde (again)

     

     

    LIBERTADORES ROUND UP

     

     

    Last first / first second round games start this week (I canny work out how Conembol have allocated the games – there’s a heap next week too). Anyway, a quick overview (this time I’ll try and throw in a few names to watch out for)

     

     

    Today

     

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    Penarol (Urg) v Santos (Mex)

     

    Penarol stuttered to a late 1-1 draw away with Venezuelan minnows Dep Anzoatequi in the first game, which I think was a bit unexpected by them. So they’ll be fired up to avoid a slip up at home tonight. Santos, had a comfortable 1-0 home win against the Argentinian Arsenal and are looking for at least a draw in this one.

     

     

    Probably best prospect in the Penarol side is U-20 midfielder, Jonathan Rodriguez who they often take from the bench in games. A name familiar to most of us in Santos is, Marc Crossas.

     

     

    Oh and for the Trainspotters out there, Penarol’s colours of yellow/black were inspired by Stephenson’s Rocket, apparently.

     

    Prediction : HOME WIN (just)

     

     

    Independiente (Equ) v Union Espanola (Chi)

     

     

    The final first round game of the tournament.

     

     

    Inde are a club who’ve had a history of producing some good players, but not much else and will be looking to the altitude to help them gather some points.

     

     

    Union are the Chilean 2013 Clausura champions who had a name for playing open, flowing attacking football. However, they have stuttered, formwise recently. Not seen them ma’sel, but 20yr old, right sided midfielder Oscar Hernandez is supposed to be the one to watch (I’ve heard described as a “gangly playmaker” whatever that means).

     

    Prediction : (a squeaky) HOME WIN

     

     

    Weds

     

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    Def Sporting (Urg) v Real Garcilaso (Per)

     

    Sporting went down 1-0 away to U.Chile last week and are jam packed with Uruguyan youth talent. Question is whether they have enough experienced players in their side to be a serious contender in this competition? This game tonight maybe a good indicator of that.

     

     

    Unfortunately, Real are attracting more headlines because of their racist fans (or more accurately put, people who go to their games) and their future in the contests is still in the balance. Their 2-1 “home” win last week against a good Cruzeiro side going to show how difficult playing at altitude is for any side. Put that alongside the fact that this side were quarter finalists last year and they’re no push-over.

     

     

    Sporting central defender Gaston Silva who was captain of Uruguay’s U-20 side recently and Real’s attacking Paraguayan midfielder Fabio Ramos, two names to watch out for here.

     

    Prediction : HOME WIN (just)

     

     

    Bolivar (Bol) v Leon (Mex)

     

    By all accounts Bolivar were unlucky in their 2-1 defeat at Emelec last week. Bolivar are not a bad fitba side and with the advantage of altitude (again) will be counting on home wins to go further in this competition.

     

     

    Leon looked strong in their 2-1 home win against Flamengo last week. However, Flamengo played with 10men for 80mins.

     

     

    Players to look out for here, Bolivar’s keeper, Romel Quinonez is supposedly one to watch. While most of us will remember, Leon central defender (and captain), Rafael Marquez from his Barca days

     

    Prediction : (a comfortable) HOME WIN

     

     

    O Higgins (Chi) v Dep Cali (Col)

     

    O Higgins maybe a surprise team to watch this year and their opening 0-0 draw with Lanus may back this claim up. Much has been said about manager, Eduardo Berizzo who served his time with Marcelo Bielsa when he was Chilean national manager. O’Higgins play a controversial 4-2-1-3 system, which will make this an interesting fixture.

     

     

    Dep. Cali recorded a good 1-0 home win against Cer Porteno but when the “star” of your side is a 42yr old goalkeeper, you just feel that Cali will be also rans in this year’s competition.

     

     

    Any of the O Higgins forward trio and Cali’s Mondragon the bigger names in this one.

     

    Prediction : (relatively straightforward) HOME WIN

     

     

    Thurs

     

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    Nacional Ascuncion (Par) v Zamora (Ven)

     

    Nacional were handed a 3-1 spanking by Santa Fe in their first game and will be looking to make amends here.

     

     

    Zamora were unlucky to lose at home 1-0 with a poorly defended corner, to last year’s winners Atletico Mineiro in their game.

     

     

    Nacional’s forwards Benitez and Bereiro with Zamora’s Ricardo Clarke and youngster John Murillo being the names to look for here.

     

    Prediction : (close) HOME WIN

     

     

    Strongest (Bol) v Universitario (Per)

     

    Described by most as this year’s whipping boys, Strongest were unlucky to get beat 1-0 away to Atletico Parana in their opening game.

     

     

    Universitario, on the other hand, lost 0-1 at home to Velez Sarsfield.

     

     

    Players to look out for this in this one are Strongest’s veteran Pablo Escobar (no relation) and Universitario’s “Peruvian Messi” Raul Rudiaz

     

     

    (once more) I’d expect altitude to decide this one

     

    PREDICTION : (a banker) HOME WIN

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