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. Just a wee political comment: Just caught the end of a World Service programme today called Automation Nation. Fantastic insight into how automation is lessening the need for workers worldwide and how things may have to change, ie Universal Basic Income, in order to stop millions of folks from being left behind, I’m going to try on IPlayer to see if I can hear the start of it, did anybody catch it? por cierto.

  2. IniquitousIV on



    Just curious. You seem to yawn an awful lot. Perhaps a wee checkup fro sleep apnea would be prudent?

  3. POR CIERTO on 20TH JUNE 2021 7:54 PM




    Wouldn’t worry about an excessive workforce, the cat’s oot the bag.

  4. fergusslayedtheblues on

    If as is being suggested one SPFL team decided not to take the government loan


    How di

  5. fergusslayedtheblues on

    If as is being suggested one SPFL team decided not to take the government loan


    How didid

  6. fergusslayedtheblues on

    Did it come about that sevco 2012 seems to have been able to access the whole 1.6m remaining


    And who was party to this


    Also would we ever have known about it if sevco 2012 were not having to go cap in hand to the public

  7. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    Got one from two.


    2019 /2020 season.


    Two players,represented Scotland at senior level,one Kilmarnock the other Hearts scored against Celtic, one in the league the other a cup game.The killie player was capped v Cyprus and the Hearts player gained his two v France and Italy.Who are they?

  8. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    Dykes scored for livvy 2019 v Celtic….Scotland call up Oct 2020 just in case!

  9. Tom McLaughlin on

    There’s a new documentary on Prime Video called ‘When Eagles Dare’ about Crystal Palace and how they went into administration twice and almost went to the wall. The first part covers Dougie Freedman’s time as manager until he was sacked. The chairman was in talks with Eddie Howe about him taking over.



    “I had several very amicable meetings with Mr Howe and he told me he relished the challenge,” said the chairman. “Then just when we thought we had him, his agent phoned and told me he had accepted the Burnley job. He didn’t even have the decency to phone me himself after we had gone so far down the line.”



    I think we dodged a bullet with this guy.

  10. Hotsmoked. 9.04.



    having a chuckle😊 as i cant make out if its good old fashioned unionist propoganda or good old fashioned russian funded internet repeat’ it must be true’repeat-erroneous unionist propoganda.



    but it is good ol UP.



    look forward to catchin up once this covid virus recedes at a game.miss it terribly.















  11. prestonpans bhoys on




    HT on a number of occasions got me away tickets, as you indicated one of CQN’s gents!

  12. fairhill bhoy on

    MARSPAPA-yip,I know buddy.That’s when I started talking to him.long time ago now.


    I speak to him on Twitter now.


    He comes across like a a really good person 👍


    A bit like you buddy 😉

  13. “some say Chuck Norris can cut through a hot knife with butter…….”







  14. lets all do the huddle on

    HT on a number of occasions got me away tickets, as you indicated one of CQN’s gents!




    probably says more about Celtics away ticket allocation process that he was in a position to do that than it does about anything else

  15. Some great gowf from Ca USA, the US Open last round.


    Wee Rory in with a chance, but top players all around

  16. Wee Rory never got over whether he’s Irish or British. Every time he lands on US soil his passport doesn’t make sense to him at all. If only wee Rory could beat the immigration queues into the US closed as the US Open.

  17. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Tony Ralston extension eh? The 5WA Tories on the PLC really putting down a marker to the poor mugs that have renewed their season books.



    Go on Board plants, get polishing this latest turd.