Politicians and football are rarely a good mix (especially Douglas Ross).
Being aligned to one team is bound to put some voters off but trying to fake being a supporter to gain street credibility can often end up being an own goal.
Rarely will a politician have the time to commit the level of support that genuine fans show.
Ian Blackford claims to be a Hibs fan, as does Andy Murray who turned up at Ibrox on Saturday while Hibs were playing Aberdeen at exactly the same time.
Did you not ask Ian blackford the hibs fan about his own club ? Or is it just two faced Ian talking about Celtic pic.twitter.com/oCUPIGvRJH
— fuzzy ? smell the glove (@fuzzywuzzy39) September 22, 2022
According to his own website:
Having first joined the SNP at the age of 16, the vast majority of Ian’s life has been dedicated to the dream of Scottish Independence and bringing with it a fairer society. He has a love of football and more specifically Hibernian FC. For many years he was a season ticket holder at Easter Road Stadium. Ian also passionately follows the Scottish football team, a support which has seen him travel with the Tartan Army all over the globe.
All over the globe but it seems not to Hampden on Wednesday night for the match against Ukraine.
Had he kept up to date with Saturday’s match against Aberdeen he’d be aware of some unpatriotic behaviour by his fellow Hibbees. Much worse, more direct and mentioning the queen while the chant and banners of the Celtic support were aimed at the royal family in general.
Next time that Blackford is on the set with Burley he might want to be better briefed and more accurate on football matters. Thursday’s appearance might have earned him some staunch points from Unionists but proved costly with votes for Scottish independence.