Ken Goodwin, affable heidie of Shawlands Academy in Glasgow, received a reminder of one of the downsides to his city in the unlikely surroundings of Alexandra township outside Johannesburg.
During a recent visit to Realogile Secondary school, which is twinned with Shawlands, Goodwin was allocated a driver with the exotic name of Booysy (pronounced "Boycey") Khanyle. When Booysy discovered that Ken was from Glasgow he confessed to owning a Celtic football strip and professed a wish to get hold of a Rangers jersey to make up a set.
Goodwin's explanation as to why it was highly unlikely that anyone in Glasgow would desire both football emblems was met with a poignant: "Ah, but in South Africa we are about bringing people together."
Well said, Booysy.