When you are Scottish you can look forward to many moments of despair with a few moments of ecstasy thrown in.

Consider our sporting involvement in the past few months.

Our national football team were robbed of the opportunity for a straightforward passage to play in the play offs for EURO 2012 by a bizarre refereeing decision to award a penalty kick for a dive by a Czech Republic forward while refusing to award a last minute penalty for a similar and probably more illegal challenge on a Scottish player one minute later.

Celtic suffered the curse of Scotland when the Turkish referee in the Europa Cup tie with Udinese, who previously had performed well, awarded an unconvincing penalty against Celtic in the last few minutes of the match.

But the pain of being Scottish does stop with football.

Scotland played Argentina last week in the Rugby World Cup and again the Gods of Fair Play deserted us.

With the score at 13-12 for Argentina in the last phase of the match, a drop goal attempt by Scotland was prevented by the Argentinian captain attacking the kicker from an offside position.

The English referee Wayne Barnes had taken up a very poor position and inexplicably failed to see the offside position which would have resulted in a probable match winning penalty to Scotland in front of the posts.

But regular despair comes with the odd moments of ecstasy.

A goal for Scotland in the opening match against Brazil in World Cup France 1998, a goal by Joe Jordan in a final qualification match for World Cup 1974 against Czechoslovakia at Hampden Park in 1973, Scotland beating England at Wembley in 1967 after England had won the World Cup in 1966 and the Scottish rugby team beating England at Murrayfield in 1990 to win the Grand Slam.

Yes, being Scottish can be painful – but the occasional moments of success are wonderful!

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