Jackie McNamara is under no illusion that Scotland will be one of the outsiders for Star Sixes this summer, but says defiantly: “We’ll give it a right good go!”
The former Celtic and Wolves defender will don a dark blue shirt again in July when Scotland come up against the old enemy England, as well as Mexico and Spain, in Group A of Star Sixes at The O2 in London from 13 to 16 July.
He is one of three former Scottish players to be unveiled to complete Dominic Matteo’s Tartan Army line-up, along with Celtic teammate Mark Burchill and ex-Rangers star Neil McCann.
With Brazil, Germany, Portugal and France also taking part, Scotland will have their work cut out, but McNamara is not fazed.
“We’ll be the underdogs as usual, especially against England, but we’ll give it a right good go.
“There are some really top teams taking part – France look strong, so do Spain, and England have some good players.
“But we’ve got the spine of the team that played in the 1998 World Cup and there are some good lads in our squad, too.”
Barry Ferguson, Christian Dailly and Simon Donnelly all played in France 98, while Paul Dickov, Don Hutchison and Rab Douglas are also in Matteo’s squad that has been further bolstered by the additions McNamara, Burchill and McCann.
“There are some fit lads there, too, which will be important because some of the players we’ll be up against have not long retired, such as Steven Gerrard.”
McNamara has never been to The O2 before, but said: “Now I have seen the line-ups and who is taking part, I’m really looking forward to it.
“We’ll be bringing plenty of friends and family, and I am sure the Tartan Army will be there to support us as well. It promises to be an exciting event.”