The Krankies join anti-English hoarde for Paddy Power Bantz campaign

The Krankies and Michelle McManus join a thronging hoarde of Scots singing their nonchalance about failing to qualify for the Euro 2016 tournament in a new ad from Paddy Power.

Lucky Generals created the ad, which launches Paddy Power’s "Vive la Bantz" campaign and will air during the Champions League final on Saturday 28 May. The game is airing on BT Sport and will also be streamed live on YouTube, in a first for the tournament.

The 60-second commercial features a rabble of Scottish celebrities (including comedy duo The Krankies and singer Michelle McManus) and footballers (such as Andy Goram) – as well as some historical and mythological figures, like Robert the Bruce and The Loch Ness Monster – singing to the tune of Fat Les’ Vindaloo, which was originally written to support England’s 1998 World Cup effort.

Except the words of the song have been changed to reflect the fact that Scots don’t care if their country has failed to qualify for the tournament in France later this summer, because they can have just as much fun betting on the English to lose.

Andy Nairn, co-founder of Lucky Generals, said: "As a Scot, it's nice to have something to cheer about this tournament. This puts me right in the mood for some deep-fried chocolate and a cheeky wee bet on Russia."

Phil Lloyd, head of advertising for Paddy Power Betfair, said: "We’re excited about this new campaign for the brand. And happy to report that no Krankies were injured in the making of this ad." 

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