From Alex Massie:
Roddy Forsyth deserves our congratulations for revealing this:
One of the unforeseen consequences of Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi's incarceration in Greenock Prison was that, by his own account, in whiling away the hours by watching live football on the now-defunct Setanta network he became a Rangers supporter.
No surprise that a man convicted of the worst terrorist atrocity in British history would forsake his local team - Morton - to support one of the Gruesome Twosome*. He and Rangers deserve one another.
I don't merely mention this to bash Rangers (though it's fun, and I could do it all day, and it's sure tempting to say "what a surprise, the convicted terrorist backs the Huns"). I mention this because after including this fun nugget:
Then again, I did like the contribution of a Rangers-minded friend:
Another telltale clue that he may have been innocent. I mean, a real terrorist would support Celtic.
Alex goes on makes an important point not about football or terrorists, but rather about Glaswegian culture:
In Glasgow, it always comes back to fitba in the end.
Indeed. In Glasgow, football-- and football allegiances, dictated to some extent anyway by religious affiliation and/or ethnic heritage-- loom large in many aspects of life and society, something that I suspect Americans, and frankly, a lot of Scots find baffling. But that's just how it is. [intro]