Supporters of teams around Scotland have one thing in common. From Hibs to Peterhead, fans of the teams in this country have complete loyalty and devotion to their football clubs.
Even when their team is faced with adverse circumstances, their love for the club they follow up and down the country remains visible for all to see.
Whether it’s a dull draw in the middle of winter, or an eight hour round trip to see a slender victory, Scottish football fans are all too happy to support their team wherever they may go. The players will make you laugh and cry, but your love for the badge they represent will never wither.
It can be hard being a fan of Scottish clubs at times, for many different reasons. Sometimes, however, it can give you little moments of magic.
So what does it mean to be a Scottish football fan? It means travelling hours in the opposite direction, then finding out your game is postponed because of a frozen pitch. It’s spending hundreds of pounds on a season ticket, only for you to see three or four home victories from 18 games.
It’s getting excited for a game, even though you haven’t won in the past five. When a mysterious unknown player arrives at your small club, you make him an immortal club hero, forever tied to your mid table mountain of a club.
Your mascot may look like a Buzz Lightyear project gone wrong, but he’s your Buzz Lightyear project gone wrong.
When a fan questions your loyalty to a club, you point them to your badge from a European tour in Spain 15 years ago. Being a Scottish football fan is all about loyalty, patter and dreaming off the next cup win or club hero. It’s about buying a hot drink that’s too warm when you initially buy it and freezing cold 10 minutes later.
Scottish football is not knowing where your team’s going to finish and getting confused about why there are Welsh and Northern Irish teams in the Scottish Challenge Cup. It’s Rod Stewart doing the Scottish Cup draw, and Ross County deleting their own website.
Being a Scottish football fan is hard work, but it’s all worth it in the end.