Why do Scotland sing ‘Yes, Sir I Can Boogie’, plus lyrics for Euro 2020 disco anthem made famous by Baccara

Scotland’s national team have repurposed an old disco classic and turned it into their new football anthem. 

There was ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’ at Euro 2016 sung by Northern Ireland supporters, now you can expect to hear plenty of the Tartan Army telling you they in fact know how to boogie.

The Scotland players sang their hearts out in the aftermath of their win over Serbia that sent them to Euro 2020

This is because ‘Yes, Sir I Can Boogie’, the 1977 disco tune by Spanish duo Baccara, was sung by the squad after Scotland beat Serbia to qualify for a major international tournament for the first time in 22 years. 

After a video of the squad singing the tune went viral, it re-entered the iTunes top 40, almost 50 years after it’s release.

Baccara singer Maria Mendiola is delighted, saying: “With this pandemic, I have been sitting at home and this has uplifted me in a way you cannot imagine.

“I will always thank the Scottish team, and especially Andy Considine for making me so happy after 43 years.” 

Why do they sing it?

It appears it is down to Andrew Considine, the defender who received his first call up to the full Scotland squad in 2020 at the age of 33.

In 2015, he was on his stag do and starred in a spoof video of the song, which made its way somehow into the public domain.

Originally adopted by the ever cheerful Tartan Army, it was initially sung as a tribute to Considine, but is now the unofficial anthem thanks to the players’ joyous rendition.

He was there, along with Kieran Tierney, Andy Robertson and Scott McTominay belting out the number in celebration.

Scotland have a team capable of competing at a major tournament

What are the lyirics?

The all important chorus goes like this:

“Oooohh! Yes sir, I can boogie,
But I need a certain song,
I can boogie, boogie woogie all night long,
Yes sir, I can boogie,
If you stay, you can’t go wrong,
I can boogie, boogie woogie all night long.”

Scotland have one of their strongest squads in a long time, and fans will be hoping to keep the good times rolling at the Euros.

They face their Euro 2020 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday, June 14 and it will be live on talkSPORT. 

Their supporters will no doubt be in fine voice at Hampden Park and have always had a fine reputation around the world for their good spirits.

Paris certainly felt them ‘coming down the road’ when they were there to watch Scotland take on France in 2007.