Friday, November 12, 1999 Published at 13:12 GMT
Scots relish Auld Enemy showdown
Scotland fans are relishing facing the Auld Enemy
As fans started arriving for the Scotland v England Euro 2000 qualifier at Hampden, the Scots began gearing up to face the Auld Enemy.
Flagmakers have been working overtime producing saltires for the big game and many businesses have announced plans to close down completely for the occasion.
Ian Findlay, of City Barbers in Glasgow, said: "As long as they win, I think it will be worth it.
The Tartan Army has a reputation for good cheer, whatever the result, but the Euro play-offs have been very seriously indeed.
Veteran campaigner Ian Black said: "I think that it probably means more to the average Scot to beat England than it does to the average English person.
"There are fewer English football supporters in terms of the relative population, but its the Auld Enemy."
One English fan said: "Getting through to the finals is the big thing.
"So it's not a big scalp or nothing like that. Its just beating the old enemy."
However, that was not a view shared by a Scotland fan who was preparing to return home for the big game.
He said: "It's being going on a long time - it's the oldest international in history."
Importance of history
Another fan reiterated the importance of history.
"It's in the blood. It goes back a long way," he said.
Strathclyde Police said it would seek to ensure that all all hostilities were played out on the football pitch and nowhere else, and announced proposals for a huge security operation.
Officials urged supporters to create a Caledonian carnival and not a Culoden.