Dinsmore defends The Scottish Sun against Levein's 'Unpatriotic' claim

The Scottish Sun’s outgoing editor and newly appointed general manager of News International, David Dinsmore has defended his paper after Scotland manager Craig Levein claimed that the publication was 'unpatriotic'.

The Scottish Sun reported on Wednesday that Levein was set to drop in-form Scotland and Rangers striker Kenny Miller for tonight’s European Championship game against the Czech Repulic, before the manager had informed the player.

The paper also published what it understood would be the starting line-up of the Scotland team, which has also proven to be correct.

Levein claimed that running the story was not in the interests of the Scottish national team and questioned the paper’s loyalty to the country, which began a Tabloid war with Scottish rival The Daily Record which reported on the claim.

Defending his publication, Dinsmore told The Drum; “No one gets behind Scotland more than the Scottish Sun - and we've proved that time and time again with our coverage of the national team over the years.”

He continued: “But we are a newspaper and therefore in the business of breaking news. This was a good, old-fashioned scoop and we make absolutely no apologies for keeping our readers informed. It has nothing to do with ridiculous accusations of treason and everything to do with being first with the big exclusives.”

As revealed by The Drum, Dinsmore is set to move into the role of News International’s general manager with Andy Harries named as the newly appointed editor of The Scottish Sun.

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