Sam Heughan has claimed that Scottish independence could be worth the 'gamble'.

The Outlander star retweeted a link to an article about the risks of independence which included a picture of a bare-chested Tartan Army fan, draped in a Saltire and wearing a Tam O' Shanter hat.

Heughan, best known for playing Jamie Fraser in the hit Starz show, wrote: "Maybe a gamble is needed to move forward for the country? Finally, escape age-old stereotyping and cliche, as porttrayed in similar photos?"

His tweet was retweeted and given a thumbs up by Jennifer Robertson, a former adviser to Alex Salmond and the wife of SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson.

Heughan was a vocal supporter of independence during the first referendum campaign.

Nicola Sturgeon has hinted that the SNP could call for a second independence referendum if Scotland's position in the EU is put at risk by a 'hard Brexit'.