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...from Scotland fans.

 

THE former Scotland legend hopes that the Tartan Army give the two Glasgow-born players a rough ride when they turn out for the Republic of Ireland.

 

GORDON McQUEEN has told the Tartan Army to give James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady pelters at Parkhead on Friday night.

 

The Scotland legend is furious the pair will turn out in the green of the Republic of Ireland in their home city of Glasgow.

 

Everton ace McGeady played for Scotland Schools as a teenager but switched allegiance at Under-15 level, qualifying for Ireland through his grandparents.

 

Goodison Park team-mate and former Hamilton kid McCarthy was snatched from under the noses of Scotland as a youngster and refused to think again once he’d burst onto the scene.

 

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan said he’s happy for the home crowd to jeer the pair and McQueen said: “I hope they get a horrible reception because they deserve it. I’ve got no time for these players.

 

“You’re born in Glasgow but then you go and play for somebody else? What’s that all about? I’m not having that at all. I hope it’s hard for them coming back here with Ireland.

 

“I’m sure somebody must have asked them to play for Scotland at some stage. You’re either Scottish or you’re not Scottish and you should know that by the time you’re 12 years of age.

 

“I played alongside Bob Wilson and Bruce Rioch, who were born in England but they always considered themselves Scottish. That’s all I want.

 

“If you feel Scottish you’re Scottish but I hate these guys who think, ‘I can’t get a game for England so I’ll play for Scotland’.”

 

McQueen worked as chief scout at Middlesbrough under Strachan and is delighted to see the national team gaffer bounce back from the miserable year he endured on Teeside where he won just 13 of 46 games in charge.

 

The 62-year-old, capped 30 times, said: “Why did it go so badly for him there? I think he underestimated the challenge. He’ll say that to this day.

 

“He brought in all these guys he’d worked with at Celtic – Scott McDonald, Stephen McManus, Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Chris Killen – plus other guys from Scotland such as Kris Boyd, Kevin Thomson and Lee Miller. Gordon thought they would cruise the Championship but it just didn’t happen.

 

“People within the club can understand why he’s doing so well now because they rated him and believed in him.

 

“But I didn’t see him get down, even when things weren’t working out. It would take quite a bit to dent Gordon’s confidence. He’s the ideal man for the Scotland job.

 

“Right now it looks as though everyone is on his side, regardless of results. They’ve been alright but what if we end up finishing fourth in this group?

 

“I think we will qualify but I would be ashamed if we didn’t because just about everybody gets to these finals – 24 countries. Surely we can do that.

 

“I think we’ll beat Ireland. Celtic had some very average sides at times but European teams coming to Parkhead were intimidated by the atmosphere there.

 

“There are certain grounds where the crowd just gets to the opposition. As long as I live I’ll never forget playing for Scotland against Wales at Anfield in 1977 in the game that took us to the World Cup finals. That was intimidating.

 

“It was bouncing with Scotland fans everywhere you looked, even though it was their home game. We didn’t play well that night but we still won 2-0.”

 

Strachan’s side face a friendly with the Auld Enemy after the qualifier and McQueen, who scored in the famous 2-1 win at Wembley in 1977, added: “We’ll take the game more seriously.

 

“England will have a lot of call-offs but we won’t.”

 

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/gordon-mcqueen-hope-james-mccarthy-4601708

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Losing McCarthy is a real pain in the arse because he's a top player, but McGeady wouldn't get into the current Scotland team on current form and he's not that good and hasn't really pushed on since bursting onto the scene.

 

And you can't really moan when we've got 4 or 5 English born players and the winning goal was scored by a guy who was born in Malaysia.

 

International football isn't about where you were born these days, it's about getting as many good players who are eligible to play for the team.

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McGeady is in the starting lineup for Everton and is a decent player.

 

International football should be restricted to where you were born/grew up. If your country does not wish to select you and another country you are eligible for does, then I would allow that. Though both McCarthy and McGeady were wanted by Scotland so that's where they should play.

 

The grandparent thing should be binned. Playing second rate English players with a tedious link to Scotland hasn't really done much to help Scottish football.

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Losing McCarthy is a real pain in the arse because he's a top player, but McGeady wouldn't get into the current Scotland team on current form and he's not that good and hasn't really pushed on since bursting onto the scene.

 

And you can't really moan when we've got 4 or 5 English born players and the winning goal was scored by a guy who was born in Malaysia.

 

International football isn't about where you were born these days, it's about getting as many good players who are eligible to play for the team.

That ruins the entire point of international football and just makes it a secondary club competition, which it effectively is already.

 

Italy won the world cup in 2006 with a 23 man squad of Italian born players playing in Serie A. That's something to admire.

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I totally agree but what can you do about it?

 

The best thing about international football is that it's fairer than Club football insofar that a big international side can't buy their way to dominance as they can do in a domestic set up.

 

I never used to like international football but after the debacle of what we're going through at Rangers, I like the hassle free aspect of Scotland these days plus we are not getting pumped as often these days.

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