Scottish football has an eclectic mix of famous faces mingling amongst the terraces. Here are but a select few.
Marie Osmond (Kilmarnock)
The pop legend began her interest in Ayrshire’s biggest club after meeting a supporter in Las Vegas back in 2009. There she was informed that Paper Roses was the club’s song and Killie have occupied a special place in her heart since. She watched the 2012 League Cup win and attended a game at Rugby Park the following year. Her top beauty secret in show business is to “be a Kilmarnock fan”. You can come up with your own joke about that.
Snoop Dogg (Celtic)
The rapper and avid marijuana smoker has been a Celtic supporter for 10 years after being pictured in a hooped shirt way back in 2005. When interviewed after the club’s famous 2-1 victory over Leo Messi’s Barcelona, he even referred to Celtic as “we”. Now that is proper fan speak.
Gordon Brown (Raith Rovers)
The George Lazenby of British prime ministers has been a Raith Rovers supporter since childhood and recalls the time Jim Baxter was sold to Rangers as one of the worst days in his young life. He still makes donations to the club and attends matches whenever he can, including the 2014 Challenge Cup final where Rovers shocked Rangers to take home the trophy.
Robert Carlyle (Partick Thistle)
The actor famous for roles in Trainspotting, The Beach and The Full Monty (what? I like it) says he prefers going to see the mighty Jags play over any club in the English Premier League. “In the EPL it can cost £50 to watch a game - who has that kind of money?” asked Carlyle. Well, you, Robert.
Isla Fisher (Dundee)
There’s not a whole lot known about this link, except from a photo snapped in 1997 of Fisher, dressed in a Dundee home top, posing for a photo with Dens Park undeniably behind her. Both of her parents are Scottish so at least one of them must have leanings toward the blue side of Tannadice Street.
Christopher Brookmyre (St Mirren)
The best-selling Scottish crime author writes with such sarcastic cynicism, a talent that must have been honed on the terraces of Love Street and now New St Mirren Park. He revealed in 2010 that he didn’t take his young son to games because the wee fella doesn’t like it in movies “when the bad guys are on top”. Considering the club’s form over recent times, one must wonder if he’s been to see St Mirren play yet.
Lorraine Kelly (Dundee United)
Everyone’s favourite mumsy television presenter is a die-hard Dundee United fan who is often snapped at Tannadice cheering on her favourites. She once did a feature for GMTV where she was assistant to Craig Levein at a United training session. Highlights include her telling off Noel Hunt for not being good enough and performing better in goal than Derek Stillie.
Sean Connery (Rangers)
Connery used to be a Celtic fan. According to Simon Pia, talking on a Daily Record podcast, the former James Bond switched because he once phoned Celtic asking for free tickets to an Old Firm derby and was told no by Fergus McCann. Then, David Murray immediately dispatched a pair of complimentary tickets and invited Connery as a guest of the club. It’s likely McCann was neither shaken nor stirred. Boom, boom.
Alex Salmond (Hearts)
The former First Minister and leader of the Yes campaign at last year’s independence referendum is a long-time Hearts devotee. He even helped the fight against liquidation by throwing his political weight behind the bid to buy the club from UBUG/Ukio Bankas. Salmond even contacted Lithuanian authorities in an attempt to push through the deal when difficulties arose in the discussions.
Eve Muirhead (St Johnstone)
Scotland’s favourite curling star Eve was raised in Perth and grew up supporting her local team. After winning bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics, she and team-mate Vicki Adams were honoured prior to a St Johnstone match with Hibernian. The pair waved happily to the fans until they turned to the away stand, at which point they were mercilessly booed by the visiting support. In fairness, Terry Butcher was still manager at the time, so the Hibees in attendance would not have been in the best of moods.
The Proclaimers (Hibernian)
No list of celebrity fans is complete without the musical outfit most synonymous with Scottish football. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) is heard around every Scotland match, while “Sunshine on Leith” prefixes every big match at Easter Road. Hibs fans singing it in the aftermath of their 2007 Scottish League final victory over Kilmarnock is a real goosebumps moment.