Non-addictive mood-altering phenomenon


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’ve not clicked the link above regarding Strachan as it sounds like a click bait site, however-



    Of the Strachans with a link to Celtic:



    Gavin worked with unsuccessful managers at Celtic and holds an iPad, so it has been decided he knows nothing about football: according to some of us on our iPad who know nothing about him, nor his coaching.



    Gordon took us to a new level of European football at a fraction of MON.


    Speaks very, very well about football AND about Celtic…

  2. BurnleyBhoy isnae vaccinated. I have no reason to get vaccinated.




    Before I renew I need to Know if I am being……..








    Disgusted people are…… annoyed.

  3. PARK THE BUS ETC ETC on 19TH JUNE 2021 11:35 PM



    Jesus Mary and Joseph please pray for us sinners.



    *you forgot about the wee donkey.

  4. FRIESDORFER on 19TH JUNE 2021 7:14 PM


    Big Jimmy





    Hope that was all on Bet365…😉😉





    Great stuff Big Mhan.









    Aye, ALL my Bets are with Bet365 since 2016.


    I usually do NOT do very well at Royal Ascot, but this week was very good.


    Bet365 are STLL having problems with their ” MY BETS” Icon NOT available, which means TROULBE for anyone looking to Cash Out yesterday ( Saturday). The ” My Bets Icon” which INCLUDES the OPTION to Cash Out was UNAVAILABLE 3 or 4 Times yesterday. It didnt affect me this time around, but I would wager it affected other Punters throughout the Day ?



    I will be putting MY Complaint to IBAS Tomorrow via their complaint form, as I havent felt too well the last few days.


    One of my ” Arguments” will be that when I was DENIED being able to ” Cash Out” last weekend, which meant that I was DENIED the opportunity to WIN some Cash…Bet365 were STILL allowing me ( and others obviously) to Bet/Gamble MY Money….In other words, they wouldnt allow me to Cash Out and get some ” Offer” of Cash….BUT they were STILL happy to TAKE MY Money in ANY bets at the very same time ?



    Anyway, I wont be holding my breath for a positive outcome. Ive always found Bet365 to be pretty good to deal with for over 5 years that I have been a customer, and THEY gave me ( and others I assume), THREE £5.00 “free Bets ” to Bet with on Ascot this week and and on the Scotland v Engerlund game. Thats why I have been surprised and angry with their views on what happened last weekend ?


    HH Mate…..


    I hoipe that you can make it on Friday July 16th for a Few Beers ?



  5. With regards to the Ersha Ardiles…………



    the bigger and main point was the hunned-up fawning of him in the meeja.


    The question is what’s the particular reason for the level of guffery.


    Usual laptop loyalties the most obvs……….but it’ll be interesting to see where this goes.



    The lads a player, no doubt but O’Donnell was better and did more in the game…… and coulda won the game. the message is obv ooooot -” BIG UP ” wee Bullly.


    All well an’ good if it is simply recognising an emerging talent – me, I’ll be watchin’ for how it plays oot among the huns.



    Now, that the wee man has goat the message that the environment up North is aw nice an’ cosy meeeja-wise, perhaps an audacious attempt by ” EPL Stevie, Stevie G’s rainjurz” will be made to give this “gallus” national treasure much needed game-time in the handicap-hurdles that is the SPFL?



    Given what’s been said abooot him awready, it would be played as for The Good Of Scoddish Fooo’ball.



    Cynical? Perhaps….Sceptical deffo.



    In ither news…….



    Wee Strach back, it’s a YES from me….




  6. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    I don’t have a view positive or negative about Gordon Strachan rumours. Yes, he has good knowledge of the game. Yes, he’s twenty years older than anyone I would choose.



    To shake us out of the doldrums, any Technical Director must have a seat round the big table. A

  7. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    I’m becoming bored with the blog shooting me off mid sentence, happened three times this week.



    The thought I was trying to complete was a position on the main Board of the PLC should be a fundamental of the changes being made.



    Celtic is a big business but it isn’t a complex business. It’s running a football club. It’s wrong to corral the technical side at arm’s length from the core. The idea of a Technical Director preparing a three paragraph summary for DMcK to present to the Board must be a non-starter.

  8. Guy – good point on the make-up of the Board – a re-think, revamp required…………….

  9. Steve Murray Fanclub on

    PHILBHOY on 19TH JUNE 2021 10:39 PM


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




    The blog would benefit from the occasional football post!




    Good to talk today!




    Take care.



    Philbhoy – Good to see you and hope your good lady enjoyed her day out yesterday 😉



    Think I’ll keep on lurking for now until I’ve got something worthwhile to say – that way I can’t be accused of being a happy clapper/bed wetter/cult member/closet hun (delete as appropriate).

  10. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Haha, return of WGS as DoF. The PLC will turn a profit, come what may. They need another compliant company man to do their dirty work now that Lennon has gone.



    Makes you wonder how terrible the SB renewal numbers are.



    The PLC holds its ‘customers’ in utter contempt and they are loathed in return. A really happy state of affairs created by Desmond and his outgoing lackey CEO.



    Dom’s more of the same.

  11. “STEVE MURRAY FANCLUB on 20TH JUNE 2021 8:44 AM


    The blog would benefit from the occasional football post!”



    Negativity makes a bigger impact than positivity. That being so, I wonder if negative and non-football related posts really do outnumber the positive and football related posts?


    If anyone with time on their hands would like to categorise , it would be interesting to see how topics –positive, negative,football,political,personal, anecdotal etc — are distributed.




    I would imagine I could just possibly put you down as one of the negative posters? :-))))

  13. DoF/Technical Director role is so so important and whilst WGS may not be a bad appointment I think we all had a view that it may be a younger mans game with a more modern approach and recent experience at ground level.


    That said I have always enjoyed listening to him and his experience and commitment to Celtic cannot be questioned.



    The infuriating thing (if true) is that the top level recruitment drive including a high level headhunting firm (allegedly) has spent 3 months on this and delivered nothing so far.


    The recruitment processes of both the manager and DoF appear to be at best disjointed and untidy and at worst a messy and not what we should expect from a highly paid so called professional executive board. Evidence of is being “well run” club is becoming rarer by the day.

  14. Good morning and a happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. If you haven’t seen your dad or son for a while give them a call.

  15. I have just tried to use my 50 pound voucher to buy two engraved wine glasses from the Celtic Store online. No success so far. I will try again later but, I must say , I have often found Celtic quite amateurish in their `business` dealings.

  16. Appointing Strachan as a technical director only confirms that our club is continuing to be run like a corner shop. The retention of Kennedy and Gavin Strachan following the basic errors made last season does not augur well.



    Jobs for the boys with our principal shareholder hiring his mates. The Board doesn’t seem to have taken the lessons on board.



    Ntcham, Christie, Ajer and Eddie all on the books despite one month remaining to a pivotal European qualifier.



    We’ve not bought not a single player of note. Does the board realise we play a multi million pound tie next month ?

  17. If Gordon Strachan is the best, most forward-thinking, progressive and well-connected option out there and it just happens to be a huge coincidence he once played for us, fine.



    If his son is the best possible coach we can find and he happens to be the son of said ex-player, fine.



    If his other son just happens to be the best head of scouting we can find, fine.



    It could all be a huge coincidence that an ex-player is the best qualified for the role and his sons just happen to be the best in their role.



    However, I’ll excuse people who see this as unimaginative, lazily researched jobs for the boys.



    So much for a big reset.

  18. Callum McGregor played the way we know he is capable of. It was a great team performance and I was disappointed Scotland didn’t win the game.


    Steve Clarke knows how to set up a team. The defensive banks of 4 were impressive to watch.



    It just shows how bad our training and coaching was last season. Surely we cannot persist with the same old failed coaching team.


    We called for change, and we need change.




  19. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Strachan smacks of a Lawwell appointment… imagination or ambition to try new people with new methods.

  20. quadrophenian on

    I needed reminding on a Sporting Director’s job description. So Googled it, finding heaps of info/insights:





    Nothing I read from folk who likely know more than me, suggests wee Gordy Strach can’t do that job given his network, his fitba pedigree, chums, and his patent affection for our club. He and Ange could work great.



    My take’s not a much fun as a right good girn I know but…my best hopes are just as likely as my worst fears. HH




    Great to see you post!



    Yes it was good to chat yesterday, and we had a lovely day, thank you!



    Family in for a BBQ and we missed the rain too so all good!



    As I said to you yesterday I am optimistic the new manager will do well and I’m looking forward to him getting down to work.



    His first signings will be interesting.



    Oh and if this is your first post, no one has asked you the obvious question.



    I won’t because I know you are a Celtic mhan.



    Enjoy the rest of the weekend and take care.

  22. HOT SMOKED on 20TH JUNE 2021 9:04 AM


    A wee bit long but , if the link works, I would be interested in opinions:






    The whole jockfest is a bit cringeworthy at best. Huge example of wee man syndrome when it comes to us playing England (maybe similar to England playing Germany and WWII bombings). So much for modern day inclusion and respect. Much of London left like a shit heap after the match, with no comment from Scottish politicians about the breaches or indeed the old fashioned anti English chants.

  23. Does anyone think that Celtic fans in London rather than Scotland fans would get the same reaction from our political leaders ?

  24. ” ZIGGYDOC1 on 20TH JUNE 2021 10:42 AM


    The whole jockfest is a bit cringeworthy at best.”



    I agree.



    “He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”


    Albert Einstein

  25. ochone ochone,


    I like a little moan



    see that celtic by the way


    miserable they make me

  26. “Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution. ” Albert Einstein””

  27. quadrophenian on

    HOT SMOKED on 20TH JUNE 2021 9:04 AM – thanks for linking to a rational and reasonable article that’s hard not to agree with.


    I thought the Tartan Army liked to consider themselves uniquely gentlefolk fans – similar to how Celtic fans do?


    If so, not beyond them to develop an imaginative new songsheet that’s way lower on bigoted, immature boorishness.


    But I s’pose we’re aw different.