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Shereen Nanjiani Shereen Nanjiani | 12:10 UK time, Monday, 7 March 2011

This week's hot topic was the fallout from last week's Old Firm match, still making the front pages four days later.

In the studio with me were The Big Issue's Paul McNamee, Daily Record Political Editor Magnus Gardham, and Scotland on Sunday's Chief Sports Writer Tom English. Tom had written about it in his column and felt it was all a bit of an over reaction. According to him things are no worse this week than they have been for a long time and he was very cynical about whether the summit, called by Alex Salmond, will achieve anything.

As someone who doesn't follow football I find it extraordinary, not to say a little depressing, that football pundits can talk of "only" thirty four arrests as if that's okay. Over reaction or not, it's at least got us talking again about the social consequences of the Old Firm spectacle and whether increased drunkenness, violence and domestic abuse are a price worth paying.

This week's special guest was Alan McGee, the founder of Creation Records who'll be forever known as the man who discovered Oasis. But it wasn't just his stars who led the rock n roll lifestyle. Alan partied hard too. Drug addiction took hold and it nearly killed him. He told me about all the highs and lows and how he got himself clean.

You can listen to the extended interview here. See you next week.

Shereen is broadcast every Sunday on BBC Radio Scotland, 0900-1000.


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