Now in my 11th year with the Herald and Times group, having cut my journalistic teeth in the freelance agency world, a long-standing interest in Glasgow municipal matters now sees me with the local government beat. I'm likely to generate stories on issues of alcohol, faith, football, and general west of Scotland life.
All 12 statues, some almost 200 years old, will be taken from Glasgow's George Square in the coming months as part of a £15 million plan to revamp the area, with the first phase completed in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Once the statues are restored it is unclear if they will be returned to their original location, with plans mooted to move them to other parts of the city.
With Classic FM on in the background and photographs of his nearest and dearest prominently displayed, he has made the mahogany-panelled Victorian grandeur of the leader’s office in Glasgow City Chambers his own. “This is my term and my mandate,” he says, loosening his tie.
It wasn’t always thus. Just six months ago, many political allies would not have given odds on his return as leader of Scotland’s largest local authority.
Glasgow City Council's Gordon Matheson has also revealed his hurt at comments made by the new Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, about his friend of almost 30 years, the late Labour MP David Cairns.
The openly gay practising Roman Catholic has spoken about how he left Scotland in 1984 together with Mr Cairns in order to join a seminary in the south of England. But he left shortly afterwards while coming to terms with his sexuality.