TOMMY MARTIN: Sport and the great escape from our troubled times

So here we are, the in-between days. The demilitarised zone between the turkey and the New Year bells is the essence of Christmas.

Not the helter-skelter whirl of shopping and socialising, nor the chestnuts-roasting boozy bonhomie part.

HIGH-FLYER: Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre acrobatically attempts to control the ball as Aberdeen’s Shay Logan braces for impact during yesterday’s Scottish Premiership clash at Pittodrie Stadium. Celtic won 4-3. Picture: Ian Rutherford

This is the best bit, when all that is out of the way and it’s just a long, slow void without the pressures and obligations of the everyday, save for the familiar loose timetable of cold cuts, Lego assembly, and old movies.

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