A pro-Scottish independence daily has gifted lifetime subscriptions to the Italian national football team after their Euro 2020 victory over England.
It comes after the Newsquest-owned daily, based in Glasgow, declared Italy to be ‘The Final Hope’ on Saturday’s front page, pictured below, depicting Italian manager Robert Mancini as William Wallace in Braveheart.
Mr Mancini himself had acknowledged the front made him “chuckle”, and The National has now also bought him a Scotland shirt with ‘The Bruce’ on the back after dubbing him ‘Roberto The Bruce’.
Discussing the paper’s coverage of the final, editor Callum Baird told BBC Radio Scotland: “We knew it was going to wind people up and it wound most of the right people up.
“This England team is certainly a lot more likeable than some of the teams that have been there in the past.
“They’ve got some real admirable people, from Southgate to Rashford to Sterling, but they’re still our football rivals.
“Celtic fans aren’t expected to like Rangers if Rangers appoint a likeable manager and vice versa.
“It’s all part of the game and part of the fun. I think most English fans took it in that spirit.”