Leeann Dempster, the gay chief executive of Hibernian FC, has said Scotland is ready for its first ‘out’ gay player.
Dempster, 48, has been in a civil partnership since 2007, having realised she was gay in her 20s when she met partner Tracey.
She says “I am so proud to be from Scotland because I think it is one of the most progressive countries.”
“You are always going to get people who revert – you are never going to get rid of these people. But the vast majority, because of things like equal marriage and the progressive laws here, would be fine.
“There are obviously gay footballers, many of them. One in 10 of the population [is gay], something like that. Well, there are 11 players on the field…”
Justin Fashanu is the only openly gay footballer to have played in Scotland’s senior men’s leagues, having appeared 16 games for Airdrie and a further 11 times for Hearts in 1993 and 1994. He took his own life in 1998 after constant negative media coverage.