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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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.

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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. whats all this going through ma wee heid! Pussies rioting in Japanese fish dish! ma wee bunnet is going to burst ,



    braw …..

  2. In fact it could’ve been Embramike doing the chasing!!! Haha



    Those were the days when we felt it was incumbent upon us to educate the locals whether they wanted educating or not !

  3. traditionalist88 on

    Livibhoy 3.55pm



    There is a ‘trap’ system in the Brazen heid



    trap 1 – everybody else


    trap 2 – Tony Donnelly




  4. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on




    Don;t know if you remember the Caledonian near Haymarket. It was demolished for the tram works. Me and my mates met in there after a pumping of the Jambo’s and an older bloke came in with a suit jacket and the Hoops on and a tammy on his heid. Sang a few Celtic songs and had a pint. He was blootered but it was all good natured with the jambo’s to be fair to them. 6 of us left and one stayed and he phoned me about an hour later to say the younger jambo’s pannelled the auld Bhoy and left him in a bit of a state. My mate steemed in to them with a few locals and Jambo’s to protect the auld fella but they ran off. Cowards of the highest order.




  5. Livibhoy



    I do remember the Caledonian mate and yeah your right them Jambos are sleekit cowards.

  6. Frum collie’s Cupboard:



    Next Celtic Super-Kid..



    Mark Hill….






  7. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Re the Roseburn Bar …



    Hebcelt – pours a mean Guinness ?



    Burghbhoy – not keen on ‘partizan singing’ due to eclectic nature of clientele and potential for a flashpoint. Bouncers outside for big sports events.



    Livibhoy – yes the Trap tradition still exists.



    Was a good article on it in the Edinburgh Evening News a while back. I wandered into trap 2 (vistors /golfers /football players) many years ago – and never left! People traditionally tend to stick to their own bit of the bar like most pubs, just the partitions make it more obvious. They even play golf against each other!



    Lounge opens at 9am for ‘pensioners (?)’ though no food in the pub (only one I know) but best Indian take-away in Edinburgh round the corner (Delta). Traditional pub – open till 4pm on Xmas Day – part of my Xmas routine anyway !

  8. minx1888 praying for Wee Oscar on

    embramike supporting wee oscar and res 12



    16:29 on 18 February, 2014


    PS anybody still in Roseburn Sat night when I come in, pints on me!!




    No chance HT will still take me to the show on Sat night now!!

  9. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Sorry minx ! I’m sure the show will carry more weight than a free pint for HT ???

  10. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    “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.” Paul67



    Tin Hat On. Permit me to paraphrase.



    Anthony Stokes scored four goals in three games at the start of the season as he chased a new contract.



    By strange coincidence, once the contract was signed Anthony’s luck in front of goal changed.



    A new striker was signed further putting Stokes place in the team in jeopardy. Completely unrelated – he has since scored 4 goals in two games.



    Funny that,



    Hail Hail

  11. These pesky students are up to their old tricks again. Imagine them electing Edward Snowden as their Rector.

  12. I mentioned last night that the new book from CQN – SEVILLE – The Celtic Movement was completed last night after many months of work. One of the great features in the book is the great cartoons we have of 9 guys from the blog who told their stories about Seville. These stories were turned into great CQN cartoons by Bill Houston – http://www.thatcaricatureguy.com



    The CQNers – who each have a full page cartoon in the book are as follows:



    All Green


    Bada Bing


    Billy Bhoy


    Blantyre Kev


    Henrik’s Sombrero









    The book launch is at CQTEN…

  13. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    !!bada bing!!



    18:22 on 18 February, 2014




  14. The posts on white slavery from kitalba and others earlier were first class and show how good this blog is. Read a lot about Monserrat before but the numbers of people involved are horrific.But of course one slave is too many.Oliver Cromwell caught malaria during his brief and murderous visit to Ireland .mysterious ways indeed

  15. ernie lynch


    14:13 on


    18 February, 2014


    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.



    – – –



    Had to go to work. Ernie, one moment you say that I spout rubbish and the next moment you seek my point of view. Well, it does show a willingness to engage. Before I respond to your point, please don’t ever again ask me to rate historical events on a scale of 1-10. Scales of 1-10 can be reserved for Sunsport football ratings but not for history. The Holocaust: 1-10. Dreadful performance. Doesn’t work does it?

  16. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors @18.11 hrs.



    “Where is everyone?”




    Obviously listening to Clyde SSB!!







  17. gearoid1998 @ 16:18




    Ah, the Linenhall Library, now you’ve brought me back to !968/69 when I spent so much time leafing through the large, I think they were leather bound, back catalogues of the Belfast Tele rather than going to school.



    How naive was I ?

  18. Back to Basics



    At.. 18.18.







    NIce tae greet ye..



    Shrewd Observo….By yersel.



    Yes… Ah .Also.. Noticed that Stokesy’s Over all Form, Cooled Way,way, Down


    efter He Safely Pocketed his Noo Contract.



    Could it be.. the Lad is .. dare Ah say it.. Lazy?



    Noo, that Lee has entered ..Stage Left…






    Suddenly.. Stokesy..



    Gets aff the Dime.. n..



    Wires In… Like Ah used tae dae… tae Ma Auntie’s Mince n Totties?( Ma Mammy wiz French.. So She Nevah made stuff like that.)





    Ah am a great Believer in Competition.



    Diz this Latest Example???



    Justify Ma Faith in it??



    Sure it diz.



    NIce Chattin







  19. CQteN Dream Team.


    What a tremendous response to Paul article today teams flooding in.


    Keep the coming, details below.


    “CQteN Dream Team” Less than 3 weeks to go!



    Now is your chance to select and influence the CQteN dream from the last decade,



    Email us on doccqten@gmail.com



    Rules are very simple:



    Select 11 players from the list below, forming either a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formation



    So you will need:



    1 goalkeeper


    2 full backs


    2 centre backs


    3 or 4 midfielders


    2 or 3 forwards



    and of course….



    1 manager.



    Each player on the list below has made at least 10 starting appearances from July 2004 to date during the CQteN decade.



    So no Henrik, Lubo,or Mjalby then!



    When you are selecting the players, you should ideally base your selection on their performances during the CQteN decade, but then again that is your choice.



    Send your selection to us by email to doccqten@gmail.com with your CQN blog name (if you do not have one, then you need to get thinking as well)



    Anybody can enter: bloggers, lurkers, friends and family, but you can only enter ONCE.



    The closing date for entries is 3pm Sunday 9th March 2014



    The CQteN dream team will be announced at the CQteN night on Friday 14th March and will be published online soon after. There will be a couple of prizes for the closest teams selected to the winning team.



    Good luck and get selecting for a fantastic competition..











    Appearances Clean sheets


    Artur Boruc (G)


    220 82


    David Marshall (G)


    30 9


    Fraser Forster (G)


    177 88


    Lukasz Zaluska (G)


    40 20


    Mark Brown (G)


    14 6


    Rab Douglas (G)


    19 11



    Full Backs


    Appearances Goals


    Total Total


    Adam Matthews (D)


    82 4


    Andreas Hinkel (D)


    101 1


    Cha Du-Ri (D)


    35 2


    Charlie Mulgrew (D)


    144 25


    Daniel Fox (D)


    22 0


    Darnell Fisher (D)


    10 0


    Edson Braafheid (D)


    11 0


    Emilio Izaguirre (D)


    132 1


    Jackie McNamara (D)


    44 1


    Lee Naylor (D)


    134 3


    Mark Wilson (D)


    116 3


    Mikael Lustig (D)


    57 5


    Mo Camara (D)


    24 0


    Paul Caddis (D)


    10 0


    Paul Telfer (D)


    71 1


    Ulrik Laursen (D)


    15 0



    Centre Backs


    Appearances Goals


    Total Total


    Bobo Balde (D)


    93 4


    Daniel Majstorovic (D) 61 2


    Darren O’Dea (D)


    49 6


    Efe Ambrose (D)


    73 5


    Gary Caldwell (D)


    147 7


    Glenn Loovens (D)


    84 9


    John Kennedy (D)


    14 0


    Joos Valgaeren (D)


    25 0


    Josh Thompson (D)


    19 3


    Kelvin Wilson (D)


    72 0


    Stanislav Varga (D)


    57 7


    Stephen McManus (D)


    195 20


    Steven Pressley (D)


    24 2


    Thomas Rogne (D)


    54 3


    Virgil van Dijk (D)


    31 4






    Appearances Goals


    Total Total


    Aiden McGeady (M)


    194 36


    Alan Thompson (M)


    56 13


    Baram Kayal (M)


    88 3


    Barry Robson (M)


    40 7


    Didier Agathe (M)


    22 0


    Evander Sno (M)


    20 1


    Efrain Juarez (M)


    10 2


    Jiri Jarosik (M)


    35 7


    Joe Ledley (M)


    136 30


    Juninho Paulista (M)


    14 1


    Kris Commons (M)


    106 55


    Landry N’Guemo (M)


    43 0


    Marc Crosas (M)


    40 1


    Massimo Donati (M)


    34 4


    Neil Lennon (M)


    130 1


    Niall McGinn (M)


    15 6


    Pat McCourt (M)


    19 10


    Paul Hartley (M)


    74 4


    Ross Wallace (M)


    18 3


    Roy Keane (M)


    12 1


    Scott Brown (M)


    246 26


    Shaun Maloney (M)


    97 31


    Shunsuke Nakamura (M)


    157 33


    Stephen Pearson (M)


    11 4


    Stiliyan Petrov (M)


    94 24


    Sung-Yong Ki (M)


    60 11


    Thomas Gravesen (M)


    23 6


    Victor Wanyama (M)


    80 13


    Zheng Zhi (M)


    11 1





    Appearances Goals


    Total Total


    Anthony Stokes (F)


    100 55


    Chris Sutton (F) 43 18


    Craig Beattie (F)


    18 14


    Craig Bellamy (F)


    15 9


    Derek Riordan (F)


    13 8


    Gary Hooper (F)


    127 82


    Georgios Samaras (F)


    162 70


    Henri Camara (F)


    16 8


    James Forrest (F)


    85 22


    Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (F)


    89 44


    John Hartson (F)


    83 50


    Kenny Miller (F)


    28 11


    Lassad Nouioui (F)


    10 3


    Maciej Zurawski (F)


    53 30


    Marc-Antoine Fortune (F)


    30 12


    Robbie Keane (F)


    17 16


    Scott McDonald (F)


    117 64


    Teemu Pukki (F)


    15 4


    Tony Watt (F)


    13 8






    Neil Lennon



    Tony Mowbray



    Gordon Strachan



    Martin O’Neill