AN AYRSHIRE MSP has added his voice to calls for the Scotland men's national football team matches to be made available on live free-to-air TV.

Kenneth Gibson's calls came as the SNP held a 'round table discussion' with major broadcasters and representatives of the Scottish game to try and find a solution.

Matches involving the Scotland men's team were broadcast on Sky Sports until June 2022, when they moved to Premier Sports, which has since been bought by Viaplay.

A new deal struck by the subscription broadcaster and streaming service provider with UEFA will see Scotland's games shown live on the platform until 2028.

Mr Gibson says fans are being forced to pay too much to watch the national team, and wants games available on free-to-air platforms such as the BBC, ITV or Channel 4 - the same as in the rest of the UK.

Mr Gibson said: “Unfortunately for too long many Scotland fans have been priced out of watching their team play, including last month’s fabulous triumph over Spain.

“England fans can watch their side for free on Channel 4, and Welsh supporters can see their games on S4C free of charge.

“The SNP want to see a similar offering for Scotland fans. To inspire the next generation of talent we should not have to get past a paywall to see it.

“I am hopeful for a positive solution that works both for Scottish football and for fans of the national game can be found.”