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. Read back. Trolling or a cry for help.

     

     

    Did it myself some years back. Help the guy. Ignore him tonight.

  2. PLB

     

     

    As far as i can see we have exercised our right to continie to employ Tony Ralston for 12 more months, rather than let him leave on a free. I doubt the boy will be able to land the first team RB spot at Celtic for all this season but he can cover it or act as back up until we can land some more incoming. With John Joe Kenny gone, and Hendry and Ajer likely to go , we do not have a RB at all, with the possible exception of Stephen Welsh who has not played first team in that spot.

     

     

    No turds needing polishing- it is not a biggie ,IMO. I suspect Antony will be let go once the new coach has had time to recruit his own. Meanwhile, he will be an adequate defensive cover player.

     

     

    We really do have bigger issues to worry us about next season.

  3. I don’t comment much ,outwith games but when a prick like jhb stops guys like chris (HT) and the rest of the people that brought me to this. Site from contrbuting then thats a sad day for cqn,please ignore these wannabe parasites. Ernie has always been here and asks sometimes awkward questionsq,he hes done for years,and although I don’t agree with him he keeps ups the craic so to speak and adds to the to the debates,but FFS ignore the jhb fella,don’t answer him in the words of big jimmy he!s a tube and a CHUMP ,this not me having a go at ernie but having a go at that twat (jhb) feck off back to twitter and complain about being bullied again ya big girls blouse RANT OVER sorry guys but reading this dude for the past while has pissed me off

  4. Best piece of advice you’ll get all day:

     

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    PETERBHOY on 21ST JUNE 2021 2:24 AM

     

    I don’t comment much ,outwith games but when a prick like jhb stops guys like chris (HT) and the rest of the people that brought me to this. Site from contrbuting then thats a sad day for cqn,please ignore these wannabe parasites. Ernie has always been here and asks sometimes awkward questionsq,he hes done for years,and although I don’t agree with him he keeps ups the craic so to speak and adds to the to the debates,but FFS ignore the jhb fella,don’t answer him in the words of big jimmy he!s a tube and a CHUMP ,this not me having a go at ernie but having a go at that twat (jhb) feck off back to twitter and complain about being bullied again ya big girls blouse RANT OVER sorry guys but reading this dude for the past while has pissed me off

     

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    Repeat ad infinitum

  5. Good morning cqn from an overcast but dry Garngad

     

     

    Big Jimmy – This is the first time I have had to reply all weekend what with wee Riley’s communion service and the daughter got keys to a house she bought and the son in law and I and others have been up ripping it apart,

     

     

    You watch the auld kidney’s.

     

     

    Wee Rochy is living up to his name a wee fighter.

     

     

    Hope you pick up a bit this week.

     

     

    D :)

  6. Let me be clear. ( Phrase of the moment )

     

    Nobody on here stops another posting. The rules are few and easy to follow.

     

    If you want to post, then make the time and type your thoughts.

     

     

    How about this thought :- if all the posts decrying an individual poster were of football substance then the blog would be a more healthy and vibrant place.

     

     

    Only my opinion, but there is nothing more boring than repeating ad nauseam about how bad an individual is.

     

    Demolish his argument if you like in the CQN traditional way, by informed, constructive, clever and coherent posts. That is the way forward if you have the ability and inclination.

     

     

    It is still very noticeable and largely unchallenged certain posters who appear at election time with a political agenda.

     

    Consistency springs to mind.

     

     

    HH to all on CQN.

  7. You will all be pleased to learn that Murdo Fraser, MSP, has assured the nation this morning that it was a small minority of the deid team’s followers who disgraced themselves, when they gathered together. Poor me thought it was something like 15,000.

  8. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Howe – fail.

     

     

    Harkin – fail.

     

     

    Ange in as a panic response. WGS coming in as DoF.

     

     

    Replace Eddy with Wyke, a journeyman 28 year old from the English 3rd tier.

     

     

    Retain Ralston (1 game, post-Dubai when any of us might have got the call).

     

     

    Mass sell off and release of loannees and other sellable assets.

     

     

    Add in Broony and the saving on wages is epic.

     

     

    Massive downsizing. HUGE!

     

     

    Is it more Desmond spite? And/or does it reflect a collapse in SB sales?

     

     

    Or is Desmond seeking to create a highly profitable, saleable company to pass on?

     

     

    Gonna be a very long season. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

     

     

    Still, we always have Dom and P67’s snake oil to feast on as an alternative to facing reality.

  9. Getting more excited the more I hear about Big Ange, especially from guys who have seen his work.

     

     

    Looking forward to the new season.

     

     

    WGS, not here. SMSM

     

    WYKES: Not here. SMSM

     

    RALSTON: Back up until we have reinforcements in the door.

     

    MASS SELL-OFF: Players who want to leave.

     

    BROONIE: Didn’t want to stay, playing under ANGE may have been a step too far.

     

     

    The season will be the same length as last year, but, hopefully, more enjoyable, por cierto

     

     

    Thanks, PAUL67 for allowing a platform for all of us, even those who dislike you, but can’t stop posting, as is their right, por cierto.

  10. Watch that series When Eagles Dare, interesting statement by Simon Jordan re Howe, all agreed and then went home that night and signed for Burnley the very next day. Bhoy, I’m sure glad we’ve missed that snake, por cierto.

     

     

    Don’t remember Harkin ever being offered a contract, actually, no one has been offered anything for that role yet, when they do, I’m pretty sure they’ll sign it, por cierto.

  11. Murdo Fraser, never been voted into office in his life. That says it all for me, por cierto

  12. POR CIERTO on 21ST JUNE 2021 9:52 

     

     

    Agreed, helluva a lot of

     

     

    moaning/sniping/sleekit/joyless posts with very rare constructive conversation involved.

     

     

    If you equate the blog to a virtual social event ….would you sit with the person who only moans (often the same grumbles repeatedly) when they speak?

     

     

    ………

  13. POR CIERTO on 21ST JUNE 2021 10:00 AM

     

    ‘Watch that series When Eagles Dare, interesting statement by Simon Jordan re Howe, all agreed and then went home that night and signed for Burnley the very next day. Bhoy, I’m sure glad we’ve missed that snake, por cierto.’

     

     

     

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    So why did Celtic allow themselves to be strung along by him, given his track record?

     

     

    If a bullet has been dodged it’s down to luck rather than judgement.

  14. Greempinata.

     

     

    utter shite.

     

     

    Your shite talking poster stated his aim,was to deal wiith cybernats.nothing to do with Celtic.qni

     

     

    Now who does this shite talking speak for?

     

     

    he came here a year ago and left with accusations of been bullied

     

    och he sought solace in his racist vermin hun

     

    friends where he planned his return.

     

     

    The shite talker comes back on with his unsourced drivel from britain first,the tory funded conduit that has his hero prick galloway betraying his working class roots left right and centre.he is a handy chatel.

     

     

    The shite talker lectures the troll that is highlighting pro union vermin is banned from nigh on every radio station and is now only welcome on pricks russian radio show.

     

     

    Gp his shite could be answered ,i know that but it would be the end of this place.

     

    i put it to you if it were me repeatin drivel the other way then the girns and moans would rise to a crescendo that i would stop.is our mentally ill ranter being given free rein? The election was when? the back to Celtic thing is not happening and the unsourced vomit continues.

     

     

    not to worry Gp,like the rangers shatootedness.the symbol of the union in scotland is forgotten with “franchise” and “water under the bridge” and demotion “differentials. he is just wrong.a troll

     

     

    ps ask him to play any call from his top 100 rants.i miss Tommy from toryglen

     

    and his planted calls to prick galloway.(not)

     

    och not to worry we have a written version of unionist vermin here..

     

     

    God bless ye Gp,hopefully that post match pint will happen this year.back to Celtic and the confused unionist who pollutes this place.

     

     

    hh

  15. AN TEARMANN on 21ST JUNE 2021 10:18 AM

     

     

    Six shites in one post.

     

     

    You want to see a doctor and get yourself checked out.

  16. MARTIM1980 on 21ST JUNE 2021 10:08 AM

     

     

    POR CIERTO on 21ST JUNE 2021 9:52

     

     

    Agreed, helluva a lot of

     

     

    moaning/sniping/sleekit/joyless posts with very rare constructive conversation involved.

     

     

    If you equate the blog to a virtual social event ….would you sit with the person who only moans (often the same grumbles repeatedly) when they speak?

     

     

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    na Martim

     

    i think your wee moans and grunbles are ok.maybe might help who exactly your talkin about exactly but on the whole your we moans and grumbles are part n parcel of this dear wee greetin face and moany place lol.

     

     

    hh

  17. lets all do the huddle on

    billy gilmour tests positive for covid

     

     

    but it will likely be a far superior version of covid than any other player has had

  18. ERNIE LYNCH on 21ST JUNE 2021 10:22 AM

     

     

    AN TEARMANN on 21ST JUNE 2021 10:18 AM

     

     

    Six shites in one post.

     

     

    m

     

    You want to see a doctor and get yourself checked out.

     

     

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    indeed Ernie :-) to many eggs yest.:-)

  19. AN TEARMANN on 21ST JUNE 2021 10:25 AM

     

     

    Mine was an observation after reading back and stopping.

     

     

    My posts usually about Celtic, football and attempting to be conversational……

  20. LETS ALL DO THE HUDDLE on 21ST JUNE 2021 10:25 AM

     

     

    billy gilmour tests positive for covid.

     

     

    How many of the Scotland team and backroom staff will need to isolate?

     

     

    Can’t wait for the spin.

  21. Raman Bhardwaj says that there are ‘No close contacts.’

     

     

    Aye, right.

     

     

    What a load of BS.

  22. lets all do the huddle on

    Raman Bhardwaj says that there are ‘No close contacts.’

     

     

     

    i know billy gilmour is good at making space for himself but thats ridiculous!

  23. Billy Gilmour was seen on TV, after the England game, having a conversation on the field with 2 of his Chelsea teammates, one of them was Mount, surely that’s got to be a close contact they had their arms around him. Be interesting if England call it on those 2, por cierto

  24. According to precedents everybody needs to isolate, they’ll need 23 coaches to take reserve players to games, 3 games postponed and oppistion teams allowed to gain points advantage…..oh wait😉

  25. Paul The Spark on

    Just read on another website that the reason Scotland based themselves in Middlesbrough was that the English rules on close contacts and isolation are more relaxed.

  26. It’s not Willie Johnstone failing a drug test at the World Cup but it how Scotland is it for Gilmour to test positive today

  27. Let’s all do the huddle

     

     

    That is funny !

     

     

    Your comment and not the actual Gilmour covid thing….

  28. Maybe Turnbull now plays whom separately I believe is the best chance to actually score. Forwards drag for space allowing him to slot home from cut back.

  29. Just heard the sombre tones of Roddy Forsyth there on Radio 5 and thought for a moment we were in a state of national mourning, or at least suffering the loss of yet another DUP leader, but no it turns out wee Billy Gilmour is infected with Covid 19. And that after wee John Fleck. Won’t be long until we hear from wee Pat Nevin. No laughing matter in itself though, and I am sure the SFA experts will notify us exactly when Gilmour was positively tested and assure us that unlike in Spain, there are no “close contacts”. Might be an opportune moment to call up the latter day version of wee Billy…..wee Barry Bannan.