The big vote is now just one week away and the Yes campaign is gaining ground but, before you decide which side you’re on, find time to consider this collection of views from football fans on Scottish independence.
With the breakup of the United Kingdom now a distinctly plausible possibility, the Prime Minister’s Questions session scheduled for today has been cancelled so the top 3 party leaders can travel north of the border in a last-ditch effort to convince the Scots to stay together.
And the debate has also been heating up within the footballing community ahead of the referendum next Thursday.
Hear from these football fans on Scottish independence:
England fans on Scottish independence
Singing We’re all Voting Yes in the stands at the Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on Monday night.
Glasgow Rangers fans on Scottish independence
A collection of anti-independence hits, including Alex Salmond is a Tw*t and Stick your Independence up your Arse.
‘Scottish Legends’ on Scottish independence
Alex McLeish, Jim Leighton, David Moyes, Alan Hansen, Willie Miller, Paddy Crerand, Davie Provan, Barry Ferguson, Bertie Auld, Denis Law, Ally McCoist, Derek Johnstone, Murdo MacLeod, Ian Durrant, John Brown and Frank McAvennie released a joint ‘players statement’ that read:
We are proud Scots who have been proud to represent our country around the world.
When Scotland calls, we answer.
We are proud that Scotland has always stood on its own two feet but we also believe that Scotland stands taller because we are part of the United Kingdom.
We urge every patriotic Scot to help maintain Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom which has served Scotland so well.
But, perhaps expectedly, it didn’t go down awfully well with the Yes camp:
— YES Scotland (@Independent_SCO) September 6, 2014
Unsure about fiscal policy in an indy Scotland? Ask Alan Hansen who left Scotland in 1977 and been paid millions by the UK State broadcaster
— Radical Scotland (@RadicalScotland) September 6, 2014
I'm sure the news that Barry Ferguson, Willie Miller and Paddy Crerand are voting no will come as a bitter blow to the Yes camp.
— Stuart Findlay (@IC_sfindlay) September 6, 2014
Croatian fans on Scottish independence
Brought a supportive multi-part banner to the game.
— National Collective (@WeAreNational) June 7, 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson on Scottish independence
BBC News report on the former Manchester United manager’s cheeky donation:
The former Manchester United manager, who wants to see a “No” vote, says Scots like him who live elsewhere in the UK but do not have a referendum vote are equally entitled to their views.
“Eight-hundred-thousand Scots, like me, live and work in other parts of the United Kingdom,” he said, adding: “We don’t live in a foreign country; we are just in another part of the family of the UK.
“Scots living outside Scotland but inside the UK might not get a vote in the referendum, but we have a voice and we care deeply about our country.”
Sir Alex donated £501 to Better Together – £1 higher than the £500 maximum that First Minister Alex Salmond proposed for donators outside of Scotland.