MESSAGES of support have continued to pour in for Gala Fairydean Rovers striker Zander Murray who on Friday September 16 became the first Scottish senior footballer to come out as gay.

A tweet from Murray was quickly ‘liked’ by around 8,000 people and another sent out the club by more than 4,000 people.

He told the Gala Fairydean Rovers website: "It feels like the weight of the world is now off my shoulders.

"The lads at the club have been so supportive. Before coming out, you think people will turn against you and you think the worst - I have been blown away by the support."

Murray made his decision after attending his first pride event while on holiday.

"I have always been that closeted never to go to these things, but I loved it," he said. "The vibe was brilliant and everyone was just being free and happy and it was great to just be me.

Zander Murray - Photo Thomas BrownZander Murray in action for Gala Fairydean Rovers

"I also want to help other players who are struggling with this as it isn't easy for men, especially footballers, to deal with."

Murray said that remaining in the closet was playing havoc with his life, so he put a post on my social media telling people he was gay.

Gala chairperson Ryan Cass said "everyone" at the club was “fully supportive of Zander".

"We are delighted for him that he feels comfortable to come out," he added. "Zander has shown great bravery and I am certain that he will get the support he deserves from all across the football family in Scotland."

The Scottish Football Association tweeted: “You’re going to inspire a lot of people Zander.” BT Sports presented Emma Dodds tweeted: “A big moment in Scottish football. Well done op opening up, you never know who t could help.”

Other positive messages were sent by anti sectarian group Nil by Mouth, former cabinet secretary Aileen Campbell and actor Matthew Hodson.

Murray scored his 100th goal for the club in yesterday’s Scottish Cup defeat to Sauchie Juniors with a superb volley.