I've covered sport for over 20 years, a roving commission taking me from World Cups to Open championships to the Masters at Augusta and Wimbledon. I've written for The Herald, The Times, Sunday Times and The Guardian and been voted Scotland’s Sportswriter of the Year on four occasions. I'll be writing a regular column each Wednesday for HeraldScotland, Spiers on Sport, available only online here.
Not after Saturday lunchtime at Tannadice, where I purchased my ticket and entered the visitors' end to sit with 400 Rangers supporters who would become increasingly frustrated as the afternoon wore on.
It was a fascinating experience being back among "the bears". And I'll say this straight up; despite being well trounced on the pitch, and mercilessly goaded and baited from the packed Dundee United stands, the mood among this Rangers travelling support remained impressively buoyant and fairly good-natured.