YOU may not have noticed but Glasgow Rangers beat Glasgow Celtic last weekend. For most people reading this, that pebble of information will produce a little bruise in the heart. Glasgow Rangers supporters, after all, are the ones waving the union jack, cursing the IRA and bawling the Famine song. Are these people unionists? That is, do they want the north of Ireland and Scotland to continue as part of the UK? You would assume so, judging by the flag-waving. But something new is happening in Scotland that may well leave the flag-waving cussers/chanters marooned. And it will have profound implications for Ireland. As most of us remember, Scotland voted in an independence referendum in 2014 and the unionists won 52%-48%. Which is a clear victory margin; although when you think about it, a 2% flip in preference would have reversed the decision. But that was 2014. What about now? If you’re a flag-waving, IRA-cussing, Famine song-singing Rangers supporter, maybe look away now. The latest opinion polls show 58% of Scottish people want independence from England. In the 25-34-year-old category, 68% want independence. And in the 16-24-year-old category, 79% want independence.