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Scotland's hall of shame

Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor are the latest players to be embroiled in a booze-related scandal while on international duty with Scotland.

Here, BBC Sport takes a look at three previous incidents in which players got into hot water after a drink or two...


Jimmy Johnstone
Johnstone was a better winger than he was a rower

Four days prior to a match with England, Celtic's mercurial winger Jimmy Johnstone found himself cast adrift in a rowing boat after a few late night drinks in Largs.

The players had permission to be out but the tomfoolery took a turn for the worse when 'Jinky' found the stolen boat had no rowlocks to take the oars and hence he was taken out to sea by the tide.

The coastguard service had to rescue the stricken Johnston and the story dominated the headlines for days.

However, the coverage did not trouble Johnstone, who went on to star in a 2-0 victory at Hampden.


The following year, a few hours after a 1-0 European Championship qualifying win in Denmark, a group of Scotland players were involved in an incident in a Copenhagen nightclub.

Things turned nasty when a light was broken and an altercation followed.

Joe Harper, Arthur Graham, Billy Bremner, Pat McCluskey and Willie Young were all given lifetime international bans, only for Harper and Graham to be brought back into the fold a year later after being cleared of any wrongdoing.

"We were in the same place at the same time, we got the same taxi home and we were just put down as being part of the trouble," explained former Aberdeen and Hibs striker Harper.

"Arthur and I had nothing to do with it and we were reinstated a year later."


The 1990 World Cup in Italy saw Jim Bett and Maurice Johnston break a midnight curfew in Rapallo.

Maurice Johnston in action for Scotland
Johnston played in all three matches at Italia '90

The pair were severely censured by manager Andy Roxburgh but allowed to remain with the squad.

Johnston played in all three group games, scoring once, but Bett did not reappear after the opening loss to Costa Rica.

"We just moved on from it," said Murdo MacLeod, who took Bett's midfield place for the matches with Sweden and Brazil. "It didn't disrupt anything."

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