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?