“Ten-Thirty” (the one-and-only “Wee Bertie”) …

DELIGHTED at the news that the Lisbon Lions’ midfield enforcer and play-maker, Bertie Auld, will lead the singing prior to tomorrow’s nostalgic pre-season friendly v Inter Milan, we decided to post our affectionate verse tribute to a living Celtic legend:

“Ten-Thirty”

The shuffling gait – the cheeky grin;

the hitched-up shorts, the jutting chin;

the faithful drooled o’er every flick –

he really made the Celtic tick.

The iron will – the nerves of steel;

the bottle to face down the De’il;

with cunning ploy and subtle trick,

he really made the Celtic tick.

The speed of thought, the craft, the guile;

the temperament so volatile;

inventiveness out in the thick –

he really made the Celtic tick.

The jaunty step – our jestful clown;

a cool head when the chips were down;

no easy touch … to vengeance quick –

he really made the Celtic tick.

The hot young head – the acid tongue;

the Chairman’s wrath … consigned to Brum!

Then, at the ball a second kick –

“Ten-Thirty” made the Celtic tick!

Copyright 25thMay1967

Johnbhoy

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