Originally posted by scacchipazzo
When national footie reaches such an abysmal state do Scots root for England in Wolrdcup play or do they pull a Murray and show up wearing opponent teeshirts?
yup you got it in one!
actually it depends, scacchipazzo, for there are historical, cultural and even religious elements at play here.
For example there are two major teams in Glasgow, Glasgow Rangers, and Glasgow Celtic. The former is associated with protestantism and the orange movement, the second with Catholicism and in times past, the struggle for Irish independence, and the I.R.A. This i think is totally unique and not very much understood by those who know nothing of the history. Thus it is not unusual to see, in Scotland, supporters of Glasgow Rangers wearing the English national team strip. why is this the case? because Protestantism and support for the British monarchy has its basis in a long history, dating back hundreds of years, when the Kingship was contested, between the protestant King, William of Orange, and the Catholic King, Charles the II.
Many battles were fought, which some insist on celebrating today, thus, what we have is a religious geopolitical type of polarity, either for protestantism, the British government, the separation of Northern Ireland as a British province, or support for Catholicism and the establishment of a united Ireland.
You will note that strangely enough, the affairs of Ireland have spilled over across the water. thus as far as football is concerned, although i do not know if it is still permitted, you shall see British Union flags in the Rangers end, and Irish flags in the Celtic end.
True followers of the Scottish national team, termed the tartan army, have nothing to do with this sectarianism, and just want to have a good time, sing songs, drink beer and cheer everyone up! You could take your family to a Scotland match, but under no circumstances could you attend a Celtic and Rangers match, people are killed every year!
Scottish football is mince cause we got no dosh, even the measly teams in the English premiership are guaranteed millions every year through sponsorship deals.