Scotland have waited 23 years to make their return to the finals of a major international footballing competition.
And now, ahead of their opening game, Line of Duty star Martin Compston is set to feature in a new advert describing the journey Scottish fans have gone through to see their team play against the best once again.
Martin embraces his Scottish heritage as he seeks to calm the nerves of Scottish fans ahead of their competition opener against the Czech Republic on Monday in a new advert for Tennent’s Lager.
’23 years in the making’: Line of Duty’s Martin Compston has featured in a rallying lager advert as he sat beside a fire and read the story of Scotland’s return to a major football tournament
In the advert, Compston is sat beside a log fire with a tall beer and a large book on his lap as he prepares to read a ‘bedtime story’ to Scottish fans.
He can also be seen donning a Scotland national team jersey and a pair of tartan trousers as he settles into a leather armchair to read his story.
The Greenock-born star starts the advert by saying: ‘It’s time to relax with a good book, and a pint. Since you’re here, I’ll read out aloud.
‘A short story, I’m sure will make you feel proud. For this is the story about the journey of a nation.
Celebrations: Earlier this year, Martin shared a clip of himself behind-the-scenes of Line of Duty celebrating Scotland’s qualification to the Euro 2020 competition
‘A moment that’s been 23 years in the making.’
Attempting to soothe pre-match nerves, Martin flashes back to 1998, the last time Scotland appeared at a major tournament, before commenting on the ensuing drought.
‘For a generation had missed out on the big occasion, the magic of Gemmill, McCoist and Collins lifting the spirit of a nation,’ he said.
Looking ahead to the Euros though, Martin says: ‘A new chapter that sees us back where we belong, on the big stage with a team 5 million strong’.
Cosy: In the advert, Compston is sat beside a log fire with a tall beer and a large book on his lap as he prepares to read a ‘bedtime story’ to Scottish fans
He also makes reference to a number of current players hoping to become legends among the fans, such as Andrew Roberston, Scott McTominay and others.
Before closing the book at the end of his tale, Martin issued a rallying cry, saying: ‘C’mon Scotland, we’re made for this’.
He concludes the advert with a final message to Scottish fans: ‘How will the story end? We’ll need to wait and see, but remember, sometimes dreams come true…even at Wembley.’
Tennent’s Lager have created the advert to help calm the nerves of Scottish fans ahead of their first game of the competition.
Earlier this year, Martin couldn’t contain his delight in a hilarious behind-the-scenes clip as he watched his home nation of Scotland qualify for Euro 2020.
In a video from Line of Duty’s set back in November, the actor jumped around with sheer elation after seeing the Scots end 20 years of heartache by beating Serbia in a penalty shoot out.
Tense: A shared by Martin earlier this year showed him leaning into his character’s car as he watched Scotland’s historic shoot out play out on his colleague’s phone
We did it! Suddenly Martin leapt into the air with sheer joy as the Scots scored their winning penalty, earning them a spot in the European Championships
Cheeky: The post’s caption poked fun at his character Steve Arnott, joking he needed to take a break from ‘raiding bent coppers’ to watch the shoot-out
The clip showed Martin leaning into his character’s car as he watched Scotland’s historic shoot out play out on his colleague’s phone.
The TV star, who said he waited to share the video in case it contained any accidental spoilers for Line of Duty fans, suddenly leapt into the air with sheer joy as the Scots scored their winning penalty.
Shouting ‘Yes! Come on Scotland! F*****g yes man!’ Martin jumped back into the car and pressed the horn with delight, while other crew members could be heard cheering close by.
Martin captioned his post: ‘With a potential ep 2 epaulettes spoiler out the way, I can reveal what happens when you’re in the middle of raiding bent coppers but Scotland are in a penalty shoot out to end 20 year of heartache…. #yessirwecanboogie.’
In November Scotland made history by reaching their first international tournament in 20 years with a last-gasp victory in the play-offs against Serbia.
The team unfortunately had to celebrate without fans present due to the Covid pandemic, though many flooded social media with their own thrilled reactions.
Scotland will compete in Group D in the 2020 European Championship.
At last! The actor jumped around with sheer elation after seeing the Scots end 20 years of heartache by beating Serbia in a penalty shoot out back in November