The Scotsman who was proud to be Scottish…NOOooo!


 O flower of Scotland When will we see your like again That fought and died for Your wee bit hill and glen And stood against him Proud Edward's army And sent him homeward Tae think again

O flower of Scotland
When will we see your like again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit hill and glen
And stood against him
Proud Edward’s army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

Who would have thought it.

A proud Scotsman has been spotted in Brazil rejoicing in the fact that Uruguay have scored a goal against.

How appalling, how disgusting, how unpatriotic, and how wholly unexpected

Really….am I alone in being totally bemused

As the rivalry, to put it politely, goes back 2000 years, give or take  a burnt out homestead or an unmarked grave or two, what else is any self respecting patriotic Scotsman or Scotswoman to do.

I am English by the way, just to negate any rumbling of any hidden nationalistic or pro Scottish Independence agendas, but even so, I can’t see what all the YouTube and Facebook fuss is about. He is Scottish, he is proud to be Scottish, and although blind loathing of any country is equally nonsensical as any passionate blind belief in your own country, I cannot condemn him for having his moment of joyous if slightly undignified celebration, and for having a bit of fun

As one Scottish supporter has said

Pessimism about England’s chances has made this the most hype-free World Cup the country has seen for years. For supporters of the non-English parts of the UK, and the football-averse, it makes a welcome change, says one Scotland supporter.

The flags are missing from the cars. British newspapers aren’t heralding imminent victory. In pubs from Penrith to Plymouth there’s a distinct lack of gaiety, optimism and hope.

I for one couldn’t be happier.

As a Scotsman resident in London, I’ve come to dread the wildly delusional over-confidence that grips my adopted homeland every time an international football tournament is staged.

The certainty of victory. The talk of a “golden generation”. The interminable references to 1966. And the inevitable splutterings of anguish when it’s eventually confirmed on the pitch that, actually, Germany or Argentina or Portugal are superior teams after all.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I like all things Anglo very much. While Scotland will always be the national side I support, in spite of our dependable rubbishness, I’ve always felt the Anyone-But-England tendency among some of my fellow Scots diminishes our status as a self-confident, modern nation.

Daily Telgraph: World Cup, the joyful dearth of World Cup hype 

I actually disagree about the degree of hype that has been present throughout the World Cup, although it has been worse during years gone by, click here for a historical overview, but just think of what Scotland has to put up with, even to this day

Forget the rude comments about Haggis, the ignorance of some whisky drinkers ( a shot of 16yr old laggavulin with ice lemonade-to the top of the glass-and a slice of lemon is the worst I’ve encountered), and the ridiculous chants of “laddie”, “Och aye the noo”, and “Hoots man!”; just think of Andrew Murray, the tennis player, and you may see what I mean. Here is  Tennis player of some renown but whose nationality is still a matter of much energetic discussion. Technically he can claim to be Scottish or British as the fancy takes him, but to the British Press, a clearer distinction has evolved.

If he does well, he is British

If he messes up, he is Scottish

Twas ever thus, and twill ever be so, (see I’m even handed)and for a further exploration of such a theme, or if you just fancy a damn good laugh, click here

So come on, all you ridiculously patriotic English Football fans; get over it, and also realise that, much as we English might like it, other country’s football teams, at the moment, really are better than our own!

Let’s end on a sing-song though, and as I’ve been defending Scottish identity, why not hear them sing, especially as they are having a go at England!. I still hope England win the Calcutta Cup though, and the Rugby Union World Cup; sorry!




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