Ian Rankin to captain Scots team at Bloody Scotland football match in Stirling…

Written by Gillian Furmage, 06 September 2017

WHILE we’re used to writers showing off their wit and creativity, this weekend some of the UK’s most beloved authors will putting their fancy footwork on display at a football friendly in Stirling.

Famous faces Ian Rankin and Mark Billingham will be donning footie strips and captaining the Scotland and England teams at the match as part of the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival.

Craig Robertson, crime writer and Bloody Scotland board member, said the Scottish side are gunning for a win after the England team won the cup last year.
He said: “This is the fourth year of the Scotland-England match and with one win apiece and one draw, there is clearly much bragging rights to play for as well as The Bloody Cup.

“The English mob have not shut up about their win in 2016 and it’s time to send them homewards to think again.”

The Scotland team will be captained by Ian Rankin and includes crime writers Craig Robertson, Doug Johnstone, Martin Stewart, Peter Mackay, Lloyd Otis, Thomas Enger and publishing types Jamie Crawford, Danny Scott and Neil Macpherson, husband of Catriona Macpherson.

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