Scotland to host England at Celtic Park

Scotland fans packed out Wembley last year despite losing 3-2 to England. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
Scotland fans packed out Wembley last year despite losing 3-2 to England. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
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Scotland will face England in a friendly at Celtic Park on Tuesday, November 18, the Scottish Football Association have confirmed. The European Championship qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on Friday, November 14, will also take place at Parkhead.

The double-header is certain to catch the imagination of supporters after Scotland lost 3-2 to England at Wembley last August. They twice took the lead through James Morrison and Kenny Miller before losing to Rickie Lambert’s winning goal.

The SFA have now arranged a rematch in Glasgow, which national coach Gordon Strachan is eagerly anticipating. He told the SFA website: “We have enjoyed an encouraging build-up to our UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and I am sure the players, the coaching staff and the fans will love the chance to go head-to-head with our oldest rivals again.

“Like our supporters, I was really heartened by the performance against England at Wembley and believe we had a great opportunity to record a win we could all have talked about for years. Now, we have that chance again and I am sure the players and the fans will be even more determined to take it.

“The atmosphere at Wembley was incredible and I am sure, with Celtic Park filled with Scotland supporters, it is a game the whole country will look forward to.”

Scotland open their 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign with a visit to Dortmund to face newly-crowned world champions Germany on Sunday, September 7.

“Having watched the World Cup in Brazil as an analyst, I have seen first-hand how good a side Germany really are. I am sure the players and fans will all be looking forward to the challenge of a team who deserve their crown as the best team in the world,” said Strachan.