For 90 minutes tomorrow, a young family from Skye will have divided loyalties for the first time when Scotland kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against the Czech Republic at Hampden.
Czech national Jan Pelikan became an adopted local on the holiday isle after he wed Broadford girl Anna McMullen three years ago and they opened a B&B.
The couple will watch the match on television with their daughters, toddler Niamh and baby Quinn – and Jan, 37, is already predicting a comfortable victory for his team.
“I have my national flag looked out and have a few Czech beers waiting for me in the fridge for the celebrations,” he said yesterday.
“Anna is convinced that Scotland will get off to a flier but we have a very good team and I suspect she will be in tears by the end of this game.”
When the draw for the championships was made two years ago, Jan started making plans to get to Hampden to see the game along with friends who would be coming from Prague.
“Now there is no way the Czech fans can be there because of the Covid situation,” he said.
“Even if they had managed to get tickets and flights they would still have had to quarantine for 10 days when they arrive.
“But our team will have those passionate supporters in their hearts at Hampden and I’m sorry, but they will show Scotland no mercy.”
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