BBC on the march with the Tartan Army

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has today welcomed reports that the BBC is broadcasting live televised coverage of all Scotland’s away games in the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers, including the final match away to World and European champions, Spain.

The news has come as a great delight to many who have campaigned – including First minister Alex Salmond - for the national team’s games to be shown on terrestrial television. Previously, many Tartan Army supporters who did not subscribe to Satellite or Cable sport channels had no option but to go to a pub if they wanted to cheer on the national team when they were playing abroad.

Commenting, Stewart Maxwell MSP said:

“This is absolutely fantastic news for everyone who wants to cheer on the lads when they play in Lithuania, Lichtenstein, the Czech Republic, and Spain in the qualifying campaign. By broadcasting these games live, BBC Scotland is showing their commitment, not just to professional sport in Scotland, but to Scotland fans and the sport at grassroots level.

“In the past, far too many people have missed out on watching Scotland games because they hadn’t been shown on terrestrial television, and the failure of the last UK Labour Government to place the games on the ‘crown jewels’ is a testament to their lack of interest in not just the national team but the country as a whole.

“Scotland is set for a great decade of sport with the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, and today’s news makes Scotland qualifiers much more accessible, which can only benefit football in the nation.”