The first state-funded Islamic school in Scotland could get the go-ahead soon after First Minister Alex Salmond declared that he was sympathetic with the move. A spokesman for Salmond said: “We are very much sympathetic to the idea. The First Minister is supportive. He thinks that faith schools are a good thing and they make a great contribution to Scotland. The issue is whether there is a sustainable demand for them. Campaigners for the school are planning to submit a detailed proposal to the Glasgow City Council. However, former Scottish education minister Sam Galbraith condemned the move, saying that it would hinder integration by the Muslim community.