Not even international football can bring the Celtic and Rangers fans here in the Transfer Tavern together, such is the nature of their absolute hatred. Indeed, even with Scotland in action, hostilities remain.
Still, both sets of supporters will have their eyes fixed to Tavern TV tonight as the Tartan Army host the Netherlands at Pittodrie in the first game of the post-Gordon Strachan era. According to the Scottish Sun, interim boss Malky Mackay intends on using some Old Firm stars who’ve never really been part of the international set-up.
Ryan Jack of Rangers is expected to play at right-back and win his first cap for his country, while Callum McGregor – an outcast under Strachan – is reportedly likely to earn his first full cap in a midfield trio. Meanwhile, the Hoops’ loanee Ryan Christie is another said to be in line for his international bow.
While not a huge amount of interest is generated in international football these days, the fact that players from Scotland’s biggest clubs will get their first chance should see a bit more attention brought to Pittodrie.
Why not? Strachan was far too stubborn when it came to picking players and often stuck with those who did very little, so at least Mackay is looking to bring through new players.