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Big screen call for Scotland fans
Fans watching Scotland v Italy at Glasgow Green
Scotland's crunch Italy game drew large crowds to Glasgow Green
Scotland's football clubs and councils have been urged to team up to show international matches on big screens.

SNP MSP Brian Adam wants more fans to enjoy the big games, especially if they are not shown on terrestrial channels.

A sell-out crowd of more than 7,000 fans filled a marquee on Glasgow Green last November to watch Scotland's vital sell-out Euro qualifier with Italy.

Discussions are already in the pipeline between Aberdeen FC and Aberdeen City Council over future Scotland matches.

Mr Adam, the MSP for Aberdeen North, said: "The Tartan Army and thousands of Scots supporters look forward to seeing Scotland's international endeavours.

This could be a great way to get all sorts of people together
Brian Adam MSP

"It is a regular disappointment that these games are not shown on terrestrial television but that is no reason why we cannot enjoy the games together."

Scotland's games in the Euro 2008 qualifiers were only broadcast live on subscription channel Sky Sports after a deal was done with the SFA.

Mr Adam said he wanted to see the Glasgow Green experience replicated in towns and cities across the country, in conjunction with local football clubs and the SFA.

He added: "This could be a great way to get all sorts of people together, not just to watch the match, but with youth football games beforehand it could get more people into actually playing the sport and raise money for investment in community and youth football clubs."

None of Scotland's World Cup qualifiers for the 2010 tournament will be shown live on terrestrial TV.

The home games will only be screened on Sky, with the away matches on Setanta.

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