SONGSTRESS Amy MacDonald will have footballing loyalties at each end of the British Isles this weekend.
The Scot will tomorrow be hoping her beloved Rangers can seal the Premier League title by beating Kilmarnock – but before that, the 23-year-old platinum-selling artist will be cheering on fiancé Steve Lovell as Cherries embark on their League One play-off quest against Huddersfield today.
Dean Court striker Steve, 30, and Amy met when he was playing for Aberdeen and later Falkirk in the Scottish league and were engaged in 2008 before Steve moved back to Bournemouth in 2010.
Amy lives at the couple’s home just outside Glasgow, travelling to the south coast at weekends to watch Steve in action.
“He was basically a fan of mine and I hated him because he had a habit of scoring lots of goals against Rangers,” laughed Amy.
“We just met and got on really well, which was about three-and-a-half years ago now.
“I’ve always supported the clubs Steve plays for as well as Rangers. It’s been getting confusing, though, supporting Rangers and Bournemouth and then watching out for all the results of the other clubs he has played for. I’ve been watching out for Burnley’s results as well because of Steve’s brother Eddie (Howe, Burnley boss). It’s a lot of results to check on a Saturday afternoon!”
Amy, who has sold more than three million copies of debut album This is the Life, will miss Cherries’ home leg of the play-off semi-final this afternoon, but will be in the crowd for Wednesday’s second leg in Yorkshire.
“I’ve been to a few games at Dean Court and I went to Notts County and Hartlepool away,” she added.
“I’ll be at Huddersfield on Wednesday for the second leg as well.
“It’s lovely down in Bournemouth and I always enjoy going down there. Steve’s family are all down there so it always feels quite homely for me and it doesn’t feel alien at all.”
They have no immediate plans to marry, with Amy planning to start work on her third album at the end of this year and Steve aiming to get back to full fitness after missing more than a year of football through injury.
“It would need to be a traditional Scottish wedding, though, and I am trying to persuade Steve that, when the time comes, he will need to wear a kilt!”