Supporting International Football

I had a lively debate with another Tim last night about why I personally have fallen away from supporting Scotland. The question was that as a football supporter & one from Scotland, why would I not support Scotland?

I had discussed that I had been an avid Scottish football supporter & due to recent events involving the SFA & more importantly Craig Levein, my support has dwindled & I no longer hold the same passion to support the national side.

The discussion then went onto the old Aiden McGeady / Scottish supporting other sides debate which I stated that just because a person is born in a country doesn’t mean to say that person should support that country.

I have the pleasure of being friends with one Scot who decided that rather play or show allegiance to Scotland, he was chosen to play for the Republic’s youth sides and given that  his family & he had strong Irish links he was proud to play for Ireland.

With my own experience on the “McGeady factor” I believe that every person has the right to choose which country they represent IF the rules allow them to do so.

This same belief also makes me believe that supporters have the given right to support which country they wish to support.

Myself as a proud Scotsman, I’ll wish Ireland well, I’ll wish many other countries well should they have Celtic links other than England but that’s solely down to rivalry.

Rather than get caught up in the debate of who supports who, Is it not the Celtic way just to respect each individual’s choice?

 

Comments

  1. these things always come back to this thinking of ” the Celtic way just to respect each individual’s choice” but the reality is thats just utter rubbish.

    Some Tims will be disrespected for all manner of issues whether its at a game or on a message board, for example:

    if an english celtic supporter went to a game with a Union Jack.
    or if he said he missed the “old firm” matches
    or if it was made known he was a squaddy
    or if he was a conservative voter

    the truth of the matter is, we are all free to choose for that is the society we live in, how ur peers wish to treat u in respect of ur choice is an entirely different matter, we can state we are an all inclusive club, but the reality is, the club is, but the fans arent.

    even scottish supporting tims get it tight these days, i still support scotland, because its the nation of my birth, its where my family come from and i love it (even tho i have lived in other countries for the best part of 27 years). One thing i have always believed in tho, no one in authority (SFA), from another team or my own team will ever change my mind about supporting them, no matter what they say or do.

    only the weak choose to walk away.

    hail hail

    1. Al, you say we are all free to choose, then say but only the weak choose to walk away…can you clarify, do you respect the freedom of my colleague here, to make his own choices, or have they all got to be exactly as you state they should be?

      That is either a pretentious or extremely preciously narrow minded comment.

      Hey I respect you still support Scotland, I don’t and I wrote a piece detailing why I thought others should think twice about it also…I did however mean it when I said that people of course were free to make their own decision. I didn’t nor will I ridicule anyone for those decisions be they, what it will.

      Glad your patriotic, hope you enjoyed the excitement of another 0-0 ‘bore’ draw. :-p

      HH

      1. i respect his choice to walk away, however, i feel he took the easy option, i prefer to stand and fight for what i believe in, even if it does result in a boring 0-0 or 1-1 draw.

  2. these things always come back to this thinking of ” the Celtic way just to respect each individual’s choice” but the reality is thats just utter rubbish.

    Some Tims will be disrespected for all manner of issues whether its at a game or on a message board, for example:

    if an english celtic supporter went to a game with a Union Jack.
    or if he said he missed the “old firm” matches
    or if it was made known he was a squaddy
    or if he was a conservative voter

    the truth of the matter is, we are all free to choose for that is the society we live in, how ur peers wish to treat u in respect of ur choice is an entirely different matter, we can state we are an all inclusive club, but the reality is, the club is, but the fans arent.

    even scottish supporting tims get it tight these days, i still support scotland, because its the nation of my birth, its where my family come from and i love it (even tho i have lived in other countries for the best part of 27 years). One thing i have always believed in tho, no one in authority (SFA), from another team or my own team will ever change my mind about supporting them, no matter what they say or do.

    only the weak choose to walk away.

    hail hail

    1. Al, you say we are all free to choose, then say but only the weak choose to walk away…can you clarify, do you respect the freedom of my colleague here, to make his own choices, or have they all got to be exactly as you state they should be?

      That is either a pretentious or extremely preciously narrow minded comment.

      Hey I respect you still support Scotland, I don’t and I wrote a piece detailing why I thought others should think twice about it also…I did however mean it when I said that people of course were free to make their own decision. I didn’t nor will I ridicule anyone for those decisions be they, what it will.

      Glad your patriotic, hope you enjoyed the excitement of another 0-0 ‘bore’ draw. :-p

      HH

      1. i respect his choice to walk away, however, i feel he took the easy option, i prefer to stand and fight for what i believe in, even if it does result in a boring 0-0 or 1-1 draw.

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