Tears, trauma, tragedy and the dream transfer to Celtic that eluded Pat Nevin
A conversation with Pat Nevin has the capacity to replicate his meandering runs as a player, fittingly culminating in what is now known as end product.
Thus an hour and more in a Glasgow bookshop encompasses his sons autism, the tragedy of a Motherwell youth player, the administration of that club with dramatic cameos from manager Billy Davies and owner John Boyle fall-outs at Kilmarnock and Tranmere Rovers, and the handling of Andy Goram, justifiably petrified of death threats in the wake of a photograph showing him in front of a UVF flag.
There is also the tale of the managers office that was swept for listening devices. Or not.
This, then, is a compelling journey. But there is also the road less travelled. There is the tale of Nevin unwittingly turning down a transfer to Celtic, sounding out Stevie Clarke for a managerial role at Motherwell, then Hibernian, and missing out on the chance to sign Claudio Caniggia for the Steelmen.
It is a lot to process. So it may be best to focus first on what Nevin did experience rather than what passed him by. I have seen interesting things, he says, somewhat unnecessarily.