After it last week emerged the average Scot drinks 46 litres of vodka a week (or bottles a year, whatever), further reason for good cheer north of the border.

As Burns Night rolled around on Monday, US authorities were suggesting they plan to relax their ban on imported British offal, of which the haggis has fallen foul for more than two decades and all because they thought eating ground-up sheep's lungs might be a bit dodgy.

Happily, the fabled dish generously dubbed the "great chieftain o' the puddin'-race" by Robert Burns (despite actually being an English invention) could soon find its way both to ex-pats living Stateside and those gullible Yankees who spend hundreds of pounds on a single shot of week-old whisky because they've been told the Loch Ness Monster did a wee in it.

It's a welcome boost to the estimated six million Americans of Scottish descent and all 82 passionate and devoted members of the highly influential 'Abolish the US Haggis Ban!' Facebook group.

"We have had to put up with the US version," Margaret Frost of the Scottish American Society told The Guardian, "which is made from beef and is bloody awful." Sounds convincing enough.

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