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. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Well, well Billy “Billy” 😉 Gilmour.



    I thought Clarke was stronger than that.



    You do realise if this guy fails to turn up it will be McGregor’s fault?

  2. Shortie have chosen Wee Billy ” Billy” as their new fave………………..



    Oh aye.

  3. JIMTIM on 18TH JUNE 2021 7:30 PM



    Jezzo more mccoist what a scunner of a guy



    Quality use of scunner




  4. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Sorry Phil, he’s hyped and hyped for one reason only.



    Let’s judge him objectively.

  5. DeniaBhoy on 18th June 2021 4:31 pm


    Sky just shown that horrible game when the huns won the league at CP in May 1999. Mahe and Riseth sent off for us, Wallace for them. Dallas bleeding from the coin thrown and when play started back, gives them a penalty straight away.




    What I remember is that very early in the game Dallas gave them a free kick on the touchline about 20 yards from our goal. He awarded this immediately after


    Wallace had elbowed Mahe in the throat. Mahe was incensed and continued his protests long after the kick as taken. Dallas seemed to stare at Mahe malevolently. The man beside me said, ‘Mahe will be sent off.’


    Keevins said Mahe was sent off for ‘violent conduct’. That was a travesty of the truth. Mahe was dismissed for holding an imaginary yellow card in the air. Amoruso made the same gesture numerous times with total impunity.

  6. Blogger – :)



    While I hope sumbdy in a Scottish tap wins it……………I’m more than sceptical abooot the new poster boy for scoddlands finest………..

  7. Is it ridiculous to think there’ll be a Postecoglu/Rogic bounce? How I’d love to see the auld tam back!

  8. fairhill bhoy on

    I couldn’t care less about this game


    Not when the golf is on 🤷🏽‍♂️😉🏌🏻

  9. TheLurkinTim on

    Engerlund will want to win, and probs will, to cement qualification for next round as early as possible. Todays other group match result means Croatia will need to win their next game to have a chance to qualify. So, Scotland finish with zero points and have the longest goal in tourney history against them.






    Sad sad news about Bertie’s condition…enjoying the reminiscences about him on here…




  10. ‘It’s not a free – kick’ he’s been elbowed in the face !!!!



    swally, is that your colours showing

  11. Garngad to Croy on

    It’s a bad day when you have to turn over to ITV England to listen to Aunt Sally rather than a bad Dennis Law impersonator on STV.

  12. Shorties summarising would suggest that what the Scots need is more scodds and less Tims…………….





  13. Scotland have done well. Not sure England need both Rice and Phillips holding. Grealish’s moment? Kane again looks off the pace.

  14. Mount & Foden being bullied out of everything – should be subbed at half-time.



    Scotland playing as well as they can. England lost the midfield in first-half….too lightweight. Southgate’s got it badly wrong – Henderson & Rashford on, Foden & Mount off.

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