At some point in the early 90s, my cousin was in elementary school in Edinburgh, and a new kid from Canada joined the class. The teacher asked where this boy should sit, and someone pointed to the lone black kid in the class – whose parents were from Nigeria, but who had been born in Scotland – and said, “Put him next to Ali, he’s foreign.” Ali’s indignant response, “Ah’m no furrin, Ah’m Scottish!” In his mind, you don’t have to be a paler shade of white to be a Scot.
In which spirit, Chris Iwelumo proved that he is a true Scot today by missing a complete sitter against Norway to cement a goalless draw. In fact, the Guardian is soliciting comments about whether or not it was the most egregious goal-mouth miss in recent memory:
Well, Chris has done his part to show that you don’t have to have a glow-in-the-dark white arse to be a true Scot.