Scotland have confirmed they will play Northern Ireland in a friendly match on the 25th March next year. The game might be labelled as a “friendly” but in essence it will like a derby clash.
Scotland boss, Gordon Strachan said: “Playing Northern Ireland, a national side full of confidence, will be a good challenge for our team.”
“There will obviously be a British derby feel to the game, which brings an added competitive edge, and that is exactly what we are looking for before we resume our qualifying campaign against Gibraltar,” said the Scotland manager.
“We have enjoyed a good 2014 and now we will work together – the coaches, players and supporters – to make it an even better 2015.”
Both sides are currently mid way through qualification to the Euro’s and Northern Ireland find themselves in a fantastic position in Group F, one point behind leaders, Romania. Meanwhile, Scotland are third in Group D, three points behind top of the group, Poland.
Northern Ireland coach, Michael O’Neill said, “This is an excellent match for us prior to the Finland qualifier.”
“It will have been just over four months since we were all together in Bucharest, so a testing game against local opponents will give us good preparation for the qualifier later in the week.
“In addition, Glasgow is so close to Northern Ireland, so we would hope to see a good travelling support, which always adds noise and colour to our away games and is appreciated by the players,” said the 45-year-old.
A match up that promises to live up to its expectations, who will come out on top?