Scottish Referendum

Alan Hansen- A man for All Seasons

Alan Hansen for the, “Blether together” Scotland team of the past. A read of his autobiography revealed his disdain of the Scotland team. His long and extremely well paid sojourn in England has clearly clouded his judgement but I was not at all surprised he came out in support of a no vote in the referendum. After all he has been extremely well cared for financially , (still is through BT)

I remember Hansen well. He was a Liverpool stalwart but his Scotland career never really got going due to recurring injury call offs. Surprisingly he seemed to be fit to play for Liverpool a few days afterwards.

He played for Scotland in the 1982 World Cup in Spain. The team failed to progress beyond the the qualifying group due to a disastrous draw with the USSR. A collision worthy of a, “Charlie Chaplin” movie between a ball watching Hansen and his central defensive partner Willie Miller allowed USSR striker Ramoz Shengelia through to score.

He became a bit injury prone and was increasingly ignored by a number of Scotland managers throughout the eighties. Alex Ferguson, (in temporary charge after the sudden death in 1985 of Jock Stein) controversially dropped Hansen from the Scotland squad for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Stating that he shared Stein’s reservations about Hansen’s commitment to Scotland, poor international form and reluctance to play international friendly games in the warm up to the World Cup. He won the last of his 26 Scotland caps in 1987.

Hansen is no stranger to controversy, earning an incredible £1.5 million a year for his one-day-a-week job with the BBC, yet who still used to claim huge expenses bills to take him from his home in Southport down to London for filming. It seems that Hansen’s gravy train has stopped for good. His current contract with the BBC expired this summer, but it seems he has landed on his feet once more taking up a job with BT Sport.