Donald Bain has bought his six-month-old grandson Arron an unusual present: a Hearts season ticket.
Little Arron is now set to be introduced to the beautiful game when next season starts, when he will be about eight months old.
This is all rather cute. Donald is apparently hoping Arron's first word will be Hearts and he has bought him a mini maroon football strip with Bain No 1 printed on the back.
But how on earth is an eight-month-old going to cope with the noise and mayhem of a Scottish Premier League fixture?
Tynecastle has a capacity of more than 17,000 which is going to be a bit of a shock to the system to a small baby who will probably never have seen so many people before.
Our five-month-old was somewhat taken aback when we took her to a family party the other weekend and although my in-laws are raucous and numerous, I think a football crowd in full voice would be slightly louder.
Donald, a kitchen designer from Sighthill Loan, told the Scotsman: "As Arron is so little he won't be going all the time. I'll only take the lad to the smaller games and we won't be going anywhere near the crowded areas."
But surely even the smaller games are going to be packed full of thousands of supporters --- not exactly a teddy-bears' picnic.
The Scotsman says Donald bought the season ticket because Hearts are selling them cheap for kids and it cost just £19.
Now this I can relate to. Having recently discovered that my daughter can travel free on trains, I was curious about what else she could do for nothing. Could we get her into White Hart Lane for free?
However my husband sensibly pointed out all the drawbacks, such as the crowds, the noise, and the general mayhem that would probably scare her silly.
Seems like perhaps Donald Bain needs someone sensible around to tell him that he might mean well, but it isn't a good idea to take an eight-month-old to Tynecastle.
I still reckon I could take my daughter to a cricket match though. That's far more civilised.
What do you think? When is a child old enough to go to a football match?
Source: The Scotsman
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