Scots could profit from Sir Fred Goodwin


By Andrea McCallum

SCOTS could make a tidy sum if the fortunes of Sir Fred Goodwin take a turn for the worse this year.

An online bookie has offered odds of 100-1 that the shamed banker will go bust in 2010.

And if the former RBS chief executive is declared bankrupt the cash will flow back into tax-payers pockets.

A spokesman for the site – – said: “As a nation we’ve had a pretty rough ride in 2009 and that’s mainly down to the banks taking catastrophic gambles with our cash.

“So we thought maybe there’s a chance to get even for those who like a punt on what they see in their crystal balls at this time of year.”

Goodwin – nicknamed Fred the Shred – became a national hate figure after taking an early £703,000 a year pension during the banking crisis.

He had the windows of his car and home smashed soon after the scandal surfaced.

Other Scots who have had wagers placed on their 2010 suspected activities include movie-heartthrob Gerard Butler who is on 8-1 to get engaged.

Dundonian rockers The View are 4-1 to split up and new Scotland coach Craig Levein is already doomed to get the boot with odds of 6-1.