Brits wi hae
The whinge factor-we wuz robbed-is deeply embedded in the Scottish sporting psyche and the crack about a well balanced Scot having a chip on both his shoulders is often well merited. National disappointment at failure at the highest level, especially in football-soccer that is-that Celtic's expected (and thoroughly deserved)defeat by Barcelona last night is written up in the Scotsman as if it was a magnificent win: Celtic in quarter final defeat 'glory' sort of thing and one reason for holding heads up high is that the Barcelona side was stuffed full of foreign players (Spaniards mostly) whilst Celtic had only six team members with furrin names. (Mind you I could not find a single English player in the Arsenal side)
And when Scotland has a real genuine sporting star how they flaunt him-him in this case being Andy Murray. Lots of column metres this morning savagely attacking Roger Federer's less than glowing comments about Murray's tennis skills after losing to him in a tournament in Dubai. 'Federer throws his toys out of the pram' was the kindest comment in 4 pages of Scottish Sporting Glory spread about the Murray victory and the (very few) words that the World No 1 (note to Scot Eds: that's Federer not Murray)had to say about AM's lack of real progress since Federer last played him (and lost) a few months ago.
The tabloids south of the Border also have much to say about Mr Murray. 'British Number One in latest triumph' He will be British to the Sun's readers-as British as Henman as long as he wins. But come the inevitable :
It will be:
'Disappointing Scot loses again'
Poor lad can't win unless he does.
If you see what I mean
Labels: Andy Murray, Scottish Chips, Scottish sports