There’s long been a theory amongst Scottish football supporters that you should be supporting your local football side.
With the gap between the top two and the rest of the league being quite big at the moment, fans outwith the big two are again floating the notion that the picture would be a lot brighter if folk supported their local side.
Easier said than done. In a perfect world football supporters throughout Scotland would support their local sides, but it’s not. There’s no shame in following a side outwith your post code. We live in a democratic country so feel free as follow whatever football team you want.
Of course you have a high number of Celtic and Rangers supporters in towns and cities from way down in Dumfries all the way up to Elgin. But there will be a good number who have relocated to these places and continued their passion of supporting their team and passing their allegiances on to their children and so on.
Supporters of the big two, just like a few clubs in England, have a big following who travel regularly from Ireland. Even in England itself a huge percentage of supporters follow clubs no where near their geographical proximity. For instance Man United have many followers in the south of England, Liverpool are the same.
If someone travels from such remote locations to follow their side on a weekly basis they are showing a remarkable loyalty to their side, they shouldn’t be questioned. They are every bit a supporter as the person who stays locally. Labelling them as glory hunters is completely wrong.
Maybe those who are of the view that you should support your local side should question those who show their support to local clubs on the big days such as domestic cup semi finals and finals, but disappear in run of the mill league matches. That’s the definition of glory hunter.
For instance sides like Kilmarnock and St Mirren can take in upwards of twenty thousand for big days out at Hampden but their average weekly attendance is in the low thousands. That’s the real question that has to be addressed.
I’m definitely not an advocate of supporting your local team, I stay in the G51 area! Enough said.
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