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Nationalism Might Force Bannan Out Of Olympics

Stephen Mcgowan at The Daily Mail has a few quotes from Barry Bannan who is seeking advice from his Scotland manager before committing to the Team GB Olympic team.

Am I allowed to say Team GB without paying millions for corporate advertising?! Who knows, anyway, we`ll take the risk amidst all the horrible selling the spirit of the Olympics trademarking and selling out of...

Where was I?

Oh yes, Bannan.

"I`m fiercely proud to be Scottish and want to play for Scotland. I always wanted to play for my country and I still get goosebumps thinking about our game last year against Lithuania when I got a huge ovation from the Tartan Army after I was substituted late in the game. The last thing I want to happen is for the supporters to turn against me and for me to do something that would damage Scotland."

Bannan explains that when he was first approached and asked if he would like to be considered he didn`t know the reaction back in Scotland.

FFS... what is with all this nationalism people?! Get a grip!

"Down south, there is no real hype about it, no big debate about the GB Olympic football team. My family are with me in England, so it`s not as if I was getting feedback from folk back home about the Olympic situation and how it might affect Scotland somewhere down the road."

He also says he didn`t expect to make the list but now he has, he is aware it is causing some debate in Scotland.

The Villa midfielder says he is "100-per-cent Scottish in fact, I couldn`t be more patriotic."

'It is better if I hear everyone`s thoughts and make up my own mind before a final squad is announced for the Olympics. I think that is only fair to everyone involved.`

Balls to it, just strike him off the list. There you go, job done.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 22 2012

Time: 3:53PM

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how petty are people? jeez, get a grip!
The Fear
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22/05/2012 15:55:00

100% Scottish...... was it Scotch he'd been drinking when done by the filth?
Pride of Lions
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22/05/2012 16:15:00

I didn't mean in this case Bannan being petty by the way, just more the nationalistic lot amongst the Scots who think this is a problem! I mean, all the problems in the world and SOME get upset by such unimportant stuff!
The Fear
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22/05/2012 16:24:00

Inferiority complex/very small mans syndrome!! He's not going to get a game probably anyway and definitely will never go to a major championship with Scotland. Grow up Bannan. Lol.
Villan444
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22/05/2012 16:42:00

Don't think a British team is nessecarily needed anyway. What's next? Northern hemisphere team? Maybe we can guarantee we all get a medal by having an earth team. Run out and kick the ball amongst ourselves for 90 minutes. Or maybe we can go the other way and have a Team Birmingham.
Holte End Hero
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22/05/2012 16:59:00

He should go he needs any experience of tournament football he can get. In fact he needs any competitive football he can get under his belt. it has nothing to do with patrionism in my eyes if he does not put himself forward proves his lazy and not up for the challenge. i have rated the kid alot he needs to start showing some major improvements and he can only do that by playing in more competitive matches if Gareth Bale can put himself forward so should he. It will help him improve playing with players like that; Giggs, Beckham, Scholes any young ambitious midfielder should be going out their way to play and train alongside them.
Shane Villains
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22/05/2012 17:19:00

Fully agree Fear its really petty and silly
Shane Villains
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22/05/2012 17:20:00

Just plain daft.
revdpete
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23/05/2012 10:54:00

 

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