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. Absolutely delighted to see Filip Twardzik on the bench for the U-20s tonight against Hamilton. He has been out for nearly 18 months for surgery and with a series of injuries. He was closing in on a first team regular place when he was injured. Good luck to him!!

  2. Stalin and Hitler on the blog?



    Both murdering fascist bastards in their own way.



    Let’s talk fitba:



    Man Citeh 4 Barca 1 tonight.



    Barca not as good as some on here believe.



    Certainly haven’t improved any since Bayern humiliated them last year.

  3. Shortbread say Stranraer game should be off pitch flooded,only going ahead due to distance travelled…..

  4. Rioscorrie



    Great ,Pal.. Jist Great.



    Luvved .. that Wee Tale o’ Un Lauded.. but.. Unbridled, Generosity .. exhibited by the Celtic Administration, Concerning Those Celticfc Tops.




    Thanks fur the Story..tae..



    Ah enjoyed yer Description o’ the UPS Man..






    NIce Chattin






  5. Now to your points Ernesto…



    My own view is formed from speaking to Russians and understanding a little about them, from documentaries and some other sources.



    Ernie, had the Soviet Union been invaded by America at that time, the Russians would have fought with the same fervour. For all its evil, Soviet Communism did foster a togetherness at that time. Moreover, they would have fought for Stalin. Surely you understand that Russians were willing to die for their motherland and for Stalin.



    Next point. Strange point coming from a Marxist. The Marxists hated/hate religion. They don’t worship a God. Many Soviet people revered Stalin as some kind of supreme leader. Despite cynically using the Orthodox Church at that time for their own means; Stalin and the Marxists, who were overwhelmingly brutal to believers, believed in their Party instead of God. They smeared and tormented believers which ensured that many ordinary people turned away from faith and towards Communism. Hence a devotion to Stalin. Some of course retained faith though.


    The people were not only loyal therefore to Stalin because he represented the chance to defeat the Nazis. The people were loyal to Stalin as he was some sort of special human being to many. Moreover, many still believed in the Communist ideals. Once again I must acknowledge that Soviet Communism was not always completely evil. It wasn’t. People believed deeply in those ideals and they believed in their motherland. A friend assured me that had that war been fought today then Russia would have lost. The togetherness is no longer there. Hope that is of some use to you.

  6. Before anyone lionises the Red Army and their ‘efforts’ in WW2……maybe have a wee read about what happened to the heroic Polish Officers in the Katyn forest…….Then tried to blame the atrocities on the Germans.



    Despicable army led by an equally despicable individual.

  7. rye…



    Re Katyn…so true…plain evil, ethnic evil.



    I’m sure in other theatres however many individual soldiers and units were heroic.



    The whole Russian/Polish and especially Ukrainian/Polish thing was and remains a nasty sore.

  8. Ryecatcher, as some other readers may tell you, I am no Stalinist or Communist. I will always challenge useful idiots who in some way try to defend Marxism and its ability to produce evil. Yet I won’t reject viewpoints, contrary as they may be to my own general beliefs, which I understand to have some truth in them. Describing the entire Red Army at that time as being only despicable is inappropriate. Relatives of mine fought the Nazis. The Red army soldiers were not all despicable people. Let me also say though that I reject the modern day Marxists who try to move themselves away from the Marxist evil which produced and maintained the Soviet system. They try the “wisnae us” argument. It lacks credibility.



    Ok, back to football but first bed.

  9. John O’Neil



    There is something very Irvinesque about your posts. Cheers for your last post on the last thread, I took from it that under your veneer is an evil twat. But you’re right my doctor has diagnosed me with a low threshold for attention seekers.

  10. Lionel Messi hat-trick, 22/1 on Coral.



    C’mon wee man, show these EPL elitists what pure footy can do to billionaire follies.

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

    Evening all.



    remember there are a few tickets left for CQ10 and that you can also get the virtual ticket bundle by e-mailing me at



    Hebcelt – e-mail me at and we will sort out collecting that hamper.






    I love Tennents as a pub — there are folks who have been standing in more or less the same spot for 30 years and it is a good pub for a chat. Contrary to its past reputation it is also a pub which attracts a fair amount of good looking women too.



    Speaking of women — I think it was Livibhoy who mentioned the old Caledonian towards Haymarket where I heard one of the funniest barmaid put downs ever.



    The lady concerned came to wipe some tables and take away the empty glasses, and as she was bending over the table a rather drunken patron said to her:



    ” Hey dear, I am going to S**g you!”



    “Without looking round or even breaking her stride in what she was doing she replied:



    ” That’s good– let me know when your finished!”



    The guy was mortified and the rest of the place was in stitches!

  12. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    CHARLES GREEN last night revealed he wants Ally McCoist to stay at Rangers for the next 25 years.



    Talks about a bumper new long-term deal have opened between the new chief executive and the manager and his advisers.



    Record Sport believes McCoist was ready to quit last month but was persuaded to stay after receiving assurances about the future from Green.



    McCoist signed a one-year rolling contract in 2011 but Green has been bowled over by the job his team boss has done in extremely difficult circumstances.



    Minutes before Rangers’ 2-1 Ramsdens Cup win over Brechin, Green said: “There is no chance we would want Ally to leave the club.



    “I want him to be here for the next 25 years.



    “We would never let his contract finish. We’re talking with him and his advisers about doing something.”



    The club plan to launch a share issue this week after meeting financial experts in London today.



    And McCoist could be offered some of those shares to secure him and his family for life.



    Green said: “We have started speaking with him about being a major part of Rangers both as a manager and a shareholder.



    “Why shouldn’t Ally be a shareholder? That would be important for him and his family.”



    Green heaped praise on McCoist for his love of Rangers. He said: “Ally’s first year in management was unlike anyone else’s in football so that is historic.



    “He was one of the first people to turn to Duff and Phelps and say, ‘Don’t pay me any salary’.



    “Ally worked for free and I don’t know any manager who has gone into their boss’s office and said, ‘I will work for free’.



    “I have also seen him in meetings and he has really protected the club. It was like a lioness protecting her cubs.”



    Que Theme Tune from Animal Magic

  13. ryecatcher


    18:56 on


    18 February, 2014


    Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler…….



    2 different cheeks of the same despicable arse



    Problem with Stalin was that he achieved the near impossible by making Hitler look like a good guy.

  14. John O’Neil



    18:53 on 18 February, 2014



    ‘Ernie, had the Soviet Union been invaded by America at that time, the Russians would have fought with the same fervour.’







    Well, as BFDJ would say, it’s all about opinions. I think we’ll just have to agree to disagree.







    ‘Surely you understand that Russians were willing to die for their motherland and for Stalin.’






    Motherland maybe, Stalin no. To prevent being conquered by nazi Germany undoubtedly.






    ‘The Marxists hated/hate religion.’






    I assume by ‘the Marxists’ you mean the CP of the USSR?

  15. Into a Belfast pub comes Paddy Murphy, looking like he’d just been


    run over by a train.


    His arm is in a sling, his nose is broken, his face is cut and


    bruised and he’s walking with a




    “What happened to you?” asks Sean, the




    ” Jamie O’Conner and me had a fight,”


    says Paddy.


    “That little shit, O’Conner,” says Sean, “He couldn’t do that to


    you, he must have had something in his hand.”


    “That he did,” says Paddy, “a shovel is


    what he had,


    and a terrible lickin’ he gave me with it.”


    ” Well,” says Sean, “you should have


    defended yourself,


    didn’t you have something in your hand?”


    That I did,” said Paddy.


    “Mrs. O’Conner’s breast, and a thing of beauty it was, but useless


    in a fight.”



  16. ryecatcher



    18:56 on 18 February, 2014



    ‘Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler…….



    2 different cheeks of the same despicable arse.’







    Though neither as evil as Fergie?

  17. Edward Snowden…..better looking than Charlie Kennedy?



    Difficult to say……..



    Both far better looking than any recent female rectors though,and the pair of them hit every branch of the ugly tree on the way down from a fall.

  18. justafan 19:03



    Russian mass murders on Polish during IIWW had nothing to do with ethnic issues!


    Ukrainian mass murders on Polish had something to do with ethnic issues. Big part of today Ukraine was Poland before II WW. For Ukrainian nationalists Polish citizens were one of the obstacles to the indepedence after war.

  19. Good Evening Timland.



    Hitler , Stalin, ffs lighten up….looking forward to the fitba,


    goal in the first 15 mins 7/4 with WH,that’s ma bet!!

  20. Reckon Jordi Alba could be a serious defensive weak link for Barca here.



    If YaYa Toure is on song then Citeh could be out of sight by half time.The big guy is unplayable at times.



    Messi will need to turn up or Barca could get a hiding here.

  21. All the chat about pub areas having names reminded me of my old Dad and his mates having their favourite seat in the pub. The bar staff called the seat “Death Row”. Cruel but very funny.

  22. zbyszek…



    Thanks for that. Naturally you’ll know more than me and I do understand about the destruction of the polish officer elite and the aim of weakening polish national ambition…



    However my late Polish father in law would not agree with you that there was no ethnic element. That they were Polish was bad enough, that they were polish officer class and potential national leaders was worse.



    Obviously second hand info but from a very courageous Polish (forced labour) gentleman.




  23. midfield maestro on

    winning captains



    18:26 on 18 February, 2014


    missed Midfield Maestro out – sorry!



    Apology accepted, if my picture improves my looks! Hx2

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