Ireland take on Scotland in a European Championships qualification match tonight. I’ll be watching the game with some Belgians so I’ve been thinking about how best to explain it to them.
I think I’ve got it:
First there’s the Irish. They’ll be hoping a Scottish player will help inspire Ireland to victory over a Scotland team largely developed out of a Scottish league supported by Irish people.
Then there’s the Scottish. They also support Scottish football but their best team is supported by Irish people and Scottish people who support Ireland even though they’re born in Scotland.
Scotland is part of the UK but is politically divided largely because of all the people of Irish descent who want to be independent.
Ireland is an independent country but is geographically divided largely because of all the people of Scottish descent who want to be in the UK.
All the Scots who don’t want to be an independent country will be hoping Scotland will take part in the European Championships as an independent country.
Some of the Scots who do want to be an independent country will support Ireland over Scotland.
All of the Irish who want to be an independent country will support Ireland, although some of them will wear jerseys of a Scottish team.
The Irish who don’t want to be an independent country won’t even watch the game.
They’ll be in Romania.