HMI Lachie McCallum knew the score by confessing that this was his first outing for some time since he was recovering from a five-a-side football injury - ruptured Achilles' tendon, if you must know - after a foul from behind.
"Reactions have varied," McCallum revealed, "from 'poor soul' to 'silly old goat', depending on your view about middle-aged men and eternal youth.
Looking round, I am expecting sympathy from 80 per cent of the audience."
(An underestimate, Lachie.) At the moment of his fearful injury, McCallum - Dundee United fan, to be precise - was wearing for the first time a fine yellow shirt with the name of Larsson emblazoned on the back. A good friend in the Swedish inspectorate had presented it to him for Christmas.
With his audience now awake, McCallum said: "Having had some time subsequently to reflect on the values of citizenship and sport, I have decided that once I start playing again, there will definitely be a follow through - very hard and from behind."