The SNP have a new champion – but they might not want to shout about it.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has revealed himself as a supporter of Scottish independence.

Speaking at a press conference at the United Nations in New York, he accused the Security Council of being silent over nationalist struggles in Western Europe.

Ahmadinejad said: “For many, many years the people in Ireland they have been fighting, in Scotland they have been fighting, in Wales they have been fighting, Corsica in France, the Basque movement in Spain.”

Who knows? Maybe, Alex Salmond could even extend an invitation to join him on the campaign trail.

The Iranian President would fit in perfectly. He has even more money than Brian Souter and when it comes to gay rights, he makes the Stagecoach boss look like Peter Tatchell.