Murray becomes first openly gay Scottish professional player

Gala Fairydean Rovers striker Zander Murray has become the first openly gay Scottish professional footballer after announcing the move in an interview with his fifth-tier club on Friday.

The 30-year-old, who said the weight of the world is now off his shoulders, is the second openly gay player in Scottish professional football, after the late Hearts striker Justin Fashanu in the mid-1990s.

“I also want to help other players who are struggling with this because it’s not easy for men, especially footballers, to deal with,” Murray said.

“It can be difficult and you can feel very alone. I’ve known for many years that I’m different, but with other people in the game coming out, it’s been amazing.”