Non-addictive mood-altering phenomenon

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Being as celebrated as the Lions have been for the last 54 years must take its toll, but with Bertie Auld, it never showed.  If you have only met one Lisbon Lion, it most probably was Bertie.  The news, released by his family yesterday, that he is the latest Lion to suffer dementia, will be distressing to all who cherish him.  This is not the time to share our fondest memories of him, but I know we all send him our best wishes.

I have enjoyed watching much of the Euros.  The element of surprise and the hope of discovering an emerging force.  Watching how weaker teams, like Sweden, successfully earn a point against feted opponents.  Watching talents such as Ronaldo prance like a prized stallion; it’s sheer theatre.  The best part: for me, it is stress free.  I can watch the sport as entertainment.

It is different, of course, when you have skin in the game.  I have watched great and not-so-great Celtic teams all my life and I often find myself less than entertained by Celtic teams at both ends of the ability spectrum.  Celtic is a mood-altering phenomenon.  The joy from wins can be merely satisfactory as the result was expected, or it can lift spirits beyond anything else I know.  Defeats, well, you know about them.

The problem here is that I have no choice in the matter.  For me, Celtic is an addictive mood-altering phenomenon, I would not have it any other way, of course.  Fortunately, there is more sunshine than shadow.

I want Scotland to win tonight and it would be great for Ryan Christie to score a cracker (eye on the LSD, if I can confuse the metaphor).  But this is Scotland, the pain-joy balance is not the same as with Celtic.  My expectation is they will lose, there will be trauma and we will probably hear about it for the next quarter of a century.

Watching Scotland is also a mood-altering phenomenon.  For me, though, it is not addictive.  I can take or leave it; build a shield of indifference against inevitable disappointment.  I might see if there’s a film on tonight, leave the intoxicant for others.  Enjoy your night.

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  1. I don’t believe for a second that we’re asking for a Rodgers tax from Leicester. We’ve a valuation and he’ll be sold to any club that meets it. Leicester don’t value him that highly, we move on.

     

     

    I believe for even less time that Eddie is happy to stay and go for a free. That’s his agent putting pressure on us to lower the asking price.

     

     

    Eddie doesn’t want to be here next month yet alone next year. I don’t want him here either. Time to move on for everyone’s good.

  2. Big Jimmy

     

    Hope that was all on Bet365…😉😉

     

    Great stuff Big Mhan.

     

    HH

  3. TONYROME on 19TH JUNE 2021 11:57 AM

     

     

    Morning Bhoys

     

     

    My niece turns 18 today A MASSIVE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR WEE HONI BEE.

     

     

    have a great night Tony and i hope your neice has a happy birthday

     

     

    hh

  4. The chat on here regarding Billy Gilmour – not being good enough to get a game/being too hyped etc was wild IMHO.

     

     

    The boy is brilliant already and has the chance to be one of the best in the world – MOTM in his first FA cup, English Premiership, Champions League and Euros game (vs England), yet it’s the SMSM that are hyping him?

     

     

    That it was also McGregor’s best game in a Scotland strip was no coincidence.

  5. Not been on for quite some time and I’ve only read the past few pages but I wanted to wish Corkcelt a hearty congratulations and my commiserations to his long suffering wife!

     

     

    All the best Tony and May God bless you both.

  6. park the bus etc etc on

    Could be worse it could be Catholic Celtic Irish hating BBC Scotland commentators.

  7. Scotland to a man were brilliant.SC has built a solid unit who all play for the Scottish shirt.was well proud last night and well disappointed we didnt end up winning.

     

    Our whole midfield were immense.lets not talk individuals tho feel CalMac played his best game of season because well tbh it wasnt us he was playing for.Think his future is down south. Gilmour would walk into Celtic team.great player.

     

     

    HH

  8. park the bus etc etc on

    Some difference for CalMac playing with true quality like Gilmour than a done Broony whose lasted as long in the Celtic midfield because of the dire quality of Scottish football and because of that mediocrity Broony is/was the best player in Scottish football at the age of 36?

  9. Best birthday wishes to TONYROME’S beautiful niece!

     

     

    Hope you have had a brilliant day!

  10. CORKCELT and MRS CORKCELT

     

     

    Belated best wishes for your 50th!

     

     

    The next 50 are the hardest!

     

     

    Hope you have had a wonderful day and God bless you both!

  11. HAMILTONTIM and MELBOURNE MICK both posting on the same day.

     

     

    I really love this place!

     

     

    Thank you PAUL67.

  12. ED, if you’re lurking, please start posting.

     

     

    The blog would benefit from the occasional football post!

     

     

    Good to talk today!

     

     

    Take care.

  13. MAJESTIC HARTSON on 19TH JUNE 2021 9:02 PM

     

     

    The chat on here regarding Billy Gilmour – not being good enough to get a game/being too hyped etc was wild IMHO.

     

     

    The boy is brilliant already and has the chance to be one of the best in the world – MOTM in his first FA cup, English Premiership, Champions League and Euros game (vs England), yet it’s the SMSM that are hyping him?

     

     

    That it was also McGregor’s best game in a Scotland strip was no coincidence.

     

     

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    i thought he played well too

     

    a good footballer in the modern day.

     

    always available to his team mayes,,takes a pass being pressured,finds room comfortably,

     

    He mcginn and cal i thought worked well.

     

     

    i smile when i read associatons with the basket of assets he left..Why was he sold? lol

     

     

    The lad bettered himself and is playing for current european champions.learning with a different quality of player.

     

    rather gallus too.:-)having a debut like that at wembley..just reminding them we gave them football.:-)

     

     

    hh

  14. park the bus etc etc on

    Scottish football at club level is as good as dead. Hun corruption killed it in 2012.

     

    The game died because there were no leaders off the pitch apart from Turnbull Hutton RIP.

     

    Now theres nothing and no one who can be trusted.

     

    Supporters at Celtic Park bought into the game here knowing full well that it was corrupt to the core including Celtic PLC.

     

    The get out phrase was….

     

    “Don’t worry Auldheid and co will soon have all the evidence that we need whilst we keep our powder dry.”

     

    Oh yeah?

     

    Auldheid and the Res:12 team should be in control of Celtic FC.

     

    That they are not should be etched on every Celtic supporters head stone.

     

    These Celtic supporters put their own “faithful through & through” credentials before putting the season ticket money aside to bring down a fraudulent PLC board who refused to entertain the growing mountains of evidence that were provided by Auldheid and his Res:12 team.

     

    The game in Scotland is dire killed by the vanity support the team record of attendance credentials of some.

     

    Or ego trippers for short who put their attendance at Celtic games before pulling back of the green curtain and revealing the ugly deceit corruption lies collusion and old firm preservation society better known as the Celtic PLC board.

     

    Celtic supporters continued to financially sustain the now beyond evil PLC board activities, whilst these now glib Celtic supporters would innocently claim “we back the team NOT the board” what????

     

    So giving the PLC/Lawwell/Desmond/Bankier/Wilson etc almost £700 each – isn’t you backing the board????

     

    So Celtic supporters and the Ibrox club supporters are now brazen liars? How can they not be????

     

    “Here’s my £666 Mr Desmond. And btw I support the team NOT you or your board.”

     

    And the occupants from Kilmapuddin or some other country yokel village would have us believe that no board controls their day out to see the Celtic and they say it with a straight face and their the majority!?!?

     

    Heaven help those who actually believe that handing £666 to the PLC board for their permission to go and see the Celtic isn’t backing the PLC board its merely innocently supporting the team. Prayers must be said for these folk yokels or not.

     

    They should also realise that….

     

    “Celts For Change 1994’s clothes don’t shrink to fit deceitful all knowing yokels.”

     

    Eye its always about the Eye so it is yokels or not.

     

    Prince ~ and the thieves of the temple and the Eye and purple reigns everywhere with their symbols and hand shakes are about to take over whilst Timdom fell asleep at the wheel.

     

    Jesus Mary and Joseph please pray for us sinners.

  15. Congratulations to Mr&Mrs Corkcelt on an Incredible landmark. I hope ye get Many mair years the gither. Inspirational.

  16. We’ve been scouring the whole of Europe looking for a DOF for months and we’re going to appoint WGS . Couldn’t make it up.

  17. st tams on 20th June 2021 12:01 am

     

     

    We’ve been scouring the whole of Europe looking for a DOF for months and we’re going to appoint WGS . Couldn’t make it up.

     

     

    …………………………………….

     

     

     

    Wheres this info Buddy?

  18. I really like the Open Goal podcasts.

     

     

    I found this well worth listening to.

     

     

    Halliday is a Guid lad I reckon, I was Chanting Andys name @ Celtic Park and it was in an upbeat manner!

  19. I’d never heard of Ange Postecoglou before now.

     

     

    The Aussie Celts know their stuff, Excited about things.

     

     

    The Howe guy is way too nice a guy to Manage Celtic (with no connection) and he would have crumbled when really pressured.

  20. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    So the bowling club committee are busy with ”important work”? Transfer work of course.

     

     

    Sadly, wee Jimmy from Mount Florida Bowling Club is no longer available for transfer due to his untimely demise at 87. However, the scouts are still interested in wee Willie from Sandyhills Bowling Club, who apparently retains all his own teeth.

     

     

    Incoming crony, sorry DoF, Strachan number 3 at the club, has broken bread with Sandyhills’ treasurer and they’re sure a deal can be done for wee Willie if Celtic are willing to pay for his COVID test and a new Stanna stairlift.

     

     

    #excitingnewdawn 😂😂😂😂