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. QUADROPHENIAN on 20TH JUNE 2021 11:09 AM


    You are welcome and I agree that the article was reasonable.

  2. Morning Bhoys



    My niiece says thank you for all your birthday wishes. We had a garden party with all the family and it all went extremely well . She was very well rewarded with gifts and a few wee drinks. Thanks from me too.




    Corkcelt well done to you both hope your day was half as good as mine.




  3. CARDBOARDCSC on 20TH JUNE 2021 11:12 AM



    I meant ex-manager. Sorry, I’d typed before my coffee :)

  4. prestonpans bhoys on

    HOT SMOKED on 20TH JUNE 2021 9:04 AM



    That’s a interesting read, the tartan army does have a friendly reputation but that was not always the case. Those old enough will remember the 1970’s in particular when our reputation was down the toilet.



    When I compare the fans behaviour from London 1979 to the 1982 world cup in Spain, it’s as if they were totally different fans.

  5. Drew 1967,



    I too enjoyed Friday. Brilliant non aggressive atmosphere in the pub where the females in particular were in fine voice.


    Yes Sir we all boogied.

  6. allthough i fair enjoyed the scotland game, and several of the individual performances, including the much maligned O’Donnell, I do find the tartan army songbook lacking in imagination and creativity.



    That boogie song does my head.




    right thans me coming down the road on my doe a dear, ………….

  7. June eleventh since we had a protest outside the front doors of paradise.



    that is 9 days without a banner.

  8. I love listening to WGS, he will pick out things in a game that no one else has seen.


    Heard part of his interview with Adrian Chiles the other day. He said he regretted some of his interviews after games but at the time he felt he was being bullied. Stemming from always being the smallest and getting picked on etc.


    I’d be delighted to see him back in some capacity. He looked really frustrated after the derby games. Got the impression he knew how it could be fixed but held back due to loyalty for Neil and JK.

  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Good afternoon all.



    I’ll make a prediction … but not one that will have Nostradamus shaking in his grave.



    Those Scorrish Government loans?



    Not all of them will be repaid.

  10. Dexter P. Bampot on

    A Hoops pal of mine said a while back that he won’t be returning to Parkhead and possibly won’t watch Celtic again as long as Kennedy and Strachan (Jnr) were still there.



    I had thought that Ange would be getting his own team. I had thought that, given the vaunted reputation as his own man, no nonsense etc., we would be seeing root and branch reform. It is with, perhaps expected, resignation, that I now read that Kennedy and Strachan will stay in post.



    I see absolutely no logic in this. The only explanation is that it represents the same tactical naievite out board has consistently demonstrated over the past 2 years.



    The impression it gives is that, contrary, to what we have been led to believe, Ange will, in fact, be there board’s yes man.

  11. MOISEY17 on 20TH JUNE 2021 9:14 AM



    Someone has got to accept the interview before they can be interviewed, por cierto

  12. Even if JK and GS are still there at the start of the season, they will be working to the ways of Ange, not Neil. So it will be a different way, as matter of fact, Ange takes the training every day, there’s a massive difference right there!. Ange will bring in his own men, but many t’s and i’s have to be crossed and dotted before that can happen, por cierto



    PS. Patienceisavirtue.CSC

  13. BORGO67 on 20TH JUNE 2021 12:20 PM


    I love listening to WGS, he will pick out things in a game that no one else has seen




    Wee Strachan is really good at analysing games plus he’s really funny. Also loved listening to analysis from O’Neill and Rodgers.


    Have we actually said that we are going to appoint a director of football or is it something that’s just grown arms and legs?

  14. Reading some chat around ‘positive’ and “negative’ posts this morning.


    I’m confused.


    If I post that we lost the league, last season, by 25 points – is this negative?


    What if I post that our captain has left. That CQN has articles suggesting our top defender and top striker may be leaving also. Positive? Negative?


    We’re becoming accustomed to binary options. Polarised arguments. Recent referenda have helped this.


    We need to be more rounded.


    Would anyone argue that Celtic (the second best team in Scotland last season) are stronger than they were in January?


    Or, am i just being negative?

  15. GREENPINATA on 20TH JUNE 2021 10:53 AM


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






    So have all the other political parties in scotland now condemned the Scottish supporters? Some things cross party lines, would be surprised if any do more than offer some cheap lip service to “should not break rules etc” then on to next questions

  16. WGS talked some absolute nonsense towards the end of the season while doing Celtic TV work. Would not criticize anything – not the players, the mngmt, the coaches or the tactics.


    Very much in line with PL and NL.

  17. And. I get it that he is doing Celtic TV and that his son is in the dugout but I don’t want to hear PR, I want to hear informed opinion. I want him to say what he is thinking, how he would change things. Not just highlight the positives.

  18. Uncle Jimmy


    It depends on whether one is an every dark cloud has a silver lining ⛅or every silver lining has a dark cloud☁️

  19. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Happy aul Tim tonight, our young team had a fine victory today over


    a Brighton side and we played the second half with ten men. our


    goalie sent off for handling the ball outside the penalty area, he was


    the last man and I can’t say the ref was a rabid hun, coz I know him


    and he’s one of the most fervent Celts I’ve ever met.


    Had to laugh at the wee mhan shouting at our new goalie ” why don’t


    you use your hands to stop the ball in the box for a change ” lol.


    Wee Strach for DOF, who knows, but I like him and his love of Celtic, a


    bit like big Jock ” Celtic wasn’t my first love but they’ll be my last ”


    Welcome to the Stevie Murray poster, what a fine player, but… but…


    Are you a hun ?


    H.H. Mick

  20. Gene


    I respectfully disagree.


    We lost the league by 25 points last season.


    We were 18 points behind when we parted company with our last permanent manager.


    We failed to win either cup.


    What is cloud and what is silver lining?


    I’d be grateful if you could explain

  21. UNCLE JIMMY on 20TH JUNE 2021 12:57 PM



    Depends on the spin you want to put on it. Yes you can argue we have waited an age to get a new manager, are lighter player wise and have not signed anyone of note. On that basis we are worse off.



    It could also be argued that we are better because we have appointed a manager that cares more about football than partying and takes responsibility for his own mistakes, have emptied a captain who played because of nostalgia rather than capability and a crew ripped apart by in fighting because a group of lazy premadona thought themselves better than their peers. We started last season with a team that should have been more than capable of winning the league and failed.



    I am not convinced we are in a worse place now albeit I do accept we could be in a better place. I also think with several key signings we can challenge and win the title back. However, I will assess where we are once the season gets under way.




  22. Stephbhoy



    I don’t understand your opening sentence.


    We were second in the league. We were 25 points behind. That is how the winners are decided. By points won.


    What do you mean by ‘spin’ . I thought this was a fact.


    Sorry if I sound thick.

  23. STEPHBHOY67 on 20TH JUNE 2021 1:01 PM



    The SNP are in government, the other parties aren’t.



    The SNP government had plenty to say about Covid breaches by club sides and their supporters, yet have said nothing about the antics of the tartan army, whose behaviour poses far greater risk to the people of Scotland.



    It’s rank hypocrisy.

  24. If John Kennedy stays in situ I think that he is the manager in waiting and that Postecoglou is just a place holder.

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




    Thank you for posting that article. I follow Effie on Twitter. Very much like me, implacably opposed to separation, but always lays out out a erudite and reasoned case for all that is posted.



    On the subject of Gordon Strachan, if it is indeed true, I am broadly in favour. He knows the game inside-out and always stands-up for Celtic. Being a ‘wee bit’ mischievous, it could also be seen as having an insurance policy in case the Ange dynasty doesn’t work out – we would have an au fait ready replacement on the premises able to ‘take up the reins’ at ‘the drop of a hat’



    Gavin Strachan came to us with a good reputation as a modern forward-thinking coach. Unfortunately he came at the wrong time when a ‘rot had set in’. In my opinion the criticism of him has been too harsh. I believe that keeping him and John Kennedy is the right thing to do temporarily. I am sure that after a settling-in period, Ange (“not a yes man”) will decide the shape of his backroom staff going forward.



    Next season will be a bumpy-ride with probably more downs than ups. This happens to all clubs after a protracted period of success. It must be obvious to everyone that Celtic needs a ‘hard re-boot’ – let’s see how long it takes.



    However one thing is sure, that re-boot will take much longer without the full backing of the supporters. All this talk of reprisals against the board and boycotts must be music to the ears of the Ibrox franchise.



    We can’t ‘stop the world we want to get off’ and therefore as we regroup and rebuild, we must realise that our main rivals could get stronger and widen the gap in the interim – their CL qualification alongside our failure to do so will be a ‘bitter pill to swallow’…..the ‘acid-test’.

  26. Uncle Jimmy


    I agree about last season but we won 9 in a row for the second time and 4 trebles in a row – a massive silver lining.

  27. Bada – I think I have an idea of your perspective on this – and I’d agree with loads of it, but do ye not think that this might not be so much of a bad idea?


    If Ange isn’t the success we hope he is – then mibbe WGS as a fallback is reasonable, naw?






    ( PS – I dont want wee WGS or JK involved from a coaching perspective tho)

  28. BANKIEBHOY1 on 20TH JUNE 2021 2:03 PM




    What kind of an atmosphere would that be for a new manager to work in?