HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY, BERTIE!

BERTIE AULD

Original Sketch Copyright Alex S. Bain

“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;

creative … gallus … cocky … slick –

he really made the Celtic tick.

The jaunty step, the jesting 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;

at Stein’s behest, a second kick –

Wee Bertie made the Celtic tick!

 

Rhavanelli, 23 March 2018

Copyright 25thMay1967

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