Christian Dailly says Scotland have no one to fear when they arrive in London for the inaugural Star Sixes international football tournament in July.
The former West Ham United defender is in Dominic Matteo’s ten-man squad for the six-a-side competition at The O2, alongside teammates including Don Hutchison, Simon Donnelly, Jackie McNamara and Barry Ferguson.
Meanwhile, they will be coming up against a host of other ex-internationals in the 12-team tournament that features Champions League and World Cup winners like Steven Gerrard, Robert Pirès, Roberto Carlos and Deco playing for their nations again.
But Dailly can’t wait for the big kick-off on Thursday 13 July.
“It’s the first time I’ve had the chance to represent my country for a long time,” said Dailly, who made the last of his 67 senior international appearances in 2008.
“It looks like it’s going to be a fantastic tournament, there’s going to be some terrific players playing, so it will be interesting to see how they are doing.
“I played with Don a couple of times last year in testimonials and he was flying still, so I’ll be expecting quite a bit from him in the matches.
“Players like Steven Gerrard could, literally, still be playing at the top level, so it’s going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Dailly, who was in the Scotland side that beat England 1-0 at Wembley in the EURO 2000 play-off second leg, hopes the Tartan Army come out in support of their team in London.
Having been boosted by their passionate backing in the past, he believes their noise can once again help them through what is a tough group stage.
Scotland face Mexico, Spain and hosts England in their first three games and need to finish in the top two to guarantee a place in the knock-outs, but the ex-Charlton and Rangers man says they will not be overawed.
“We’re used to being the underdog. Scotland are always the underdog,” he admitted. “But if you look back at some of the games in the past, for example when we played Brazil in the ’98 World Cup, it was pretty even.
“So we’re ready for Star Sixes and don’t have anything to fear.”
He continued: “The support will be brilliant and we live off that a lot of the time. Many results Scotland have achieved are because of the crowds we get, so we’re hoping there will be a lot of Scottish supporters at The O2 and hopefully, by the way we play, we’ll get a few new fans as well.
“I know The O2 really well, and have been there from time to time over the years.
“I’ve seen what it’s going to look like during the tournament, so it’s going to be an incredible experience, the atmosphere will be electric and it will be a fantastic place to play football.”
Scotland will be among the 12 nations competing at the four-day Star Sixes tournament at The O2 Arena in London from 13 to 16 July 2017. Tickets are now available to buy online from The O2, with prices starting at just £30 for adults and £10 for children. Visit Ticketmaster or AXS.