A Dundee councillor has written the Scottish FA asking for more Scotland internationals take place in the City of Discovery after the under-21s played back-to-back games at Tannadice during the international break.

Scot Gemmill’s side faced Belgium and Kazakhstan in qualifiers for the European under-21 Championships and Labour councillor Richard McCready wants to see the national teams make the trip to Dundee more often; the Scotland side last played a full international in the city in 1936.


Feb 2000: General view of Dundee United FC`s ground, Tannadice Park (L),and Dundee FC`s ground, Dens Park (R) in Dundee, Scotland. Mandatory Credit: Ker Robertson/Allsport

Councillor McCready now wants to see more Scotland internationals brought to Dundee – although his suggestion of taking a senior game to Dens Park or Tannadice does seem a bit fanciful.

“It was great to get along to Tannadice to see two Scotland under-21 International matches in the last week,” he said [Dundee Live]

“Whilst the results were mixed it was great to see the SFA bring these matches to Dundee. Whilst Hampden is the home of Scottish football, we should recognise that the national team should play matches around the country.

“I have written to the Scottish Football Association’s Chief Executive, Ian Maxwell, thanking him for staging these recent matches in Dundee and requesting that they take a good look at hosting more matches here in Dundee.

“These matches provided an opportunity for many young people to see one of the national teams close to home.


“It was great to see many football teams meeting up outside the stadium before the game and going to the game together. Hosting international sporting events is good for the city.

“I want to support events which allow Dundee to showcase our city and put the city on the international map. I hope that Dundee will be in the running to host future women’s and men’s age range internationals.

“I would also like to see Dundee host a senior women’s international. I know that this is a big ask at a time when the senior men’s team is doing well but I think that it is wrong that Dundee has not hosted a senior men’s international match since 1936.

“I am asking for the SFA to think about coming to Dundee with a senior men’s international match at some point in the future if Hampden is unavailable, or if, for whatever reason they expect the attendance to fit into Dens or Tannadice.”

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