Scotland Bravehearts ‘Flag Up’ Bid for Star Sixes Coup

The Scotland Star Sixes side are plotting a capital coup!

Captain Dominic Matteo and five tartan teammates planted their national flag on the banks of the Thames to signal their intentions to win the inaugural Star Sixes at The O2 this summer.

Matteo and fellow Scotland internationals Don Hutchison, Christian Dailly, Paul Dickov, Rab Douglas and Simon Donnelly donned the Braveheart look to lay claim to London.

They will be back in traditional football attire when they return to the capital for the 12-nation competition from 13 to 16 July.

Matteo, the former Liverpool and Leeds defender, said: “It looks like being an amazing event, and if I were not taking part I would go as a fan.

“From talking to the lads, the competitive edge is already back and we can’t wait to get going.”

Hutchison, who scored the winning goal when Scotland last won at Wembley, in 1999, is looking for the full support of the Tartan Army: “At any sporting event, whether it is rugby or football, they turn out in force. It’s going to be a fantastic event and we are super pumped up for it.”

Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Dickov added: “I was there when Don scored the winner at Wembley, and fingers-crossed we can get another upset.

“Our supporters are fantastic and I am sure they will come down in great numbers.”

“The atmosphere will be electric, and the Tartan Army will be brilliant,” said Dailly, who played in the 1998 World Cup.

“A lot of the results Scotland have got over the years has been down to their support.”

Rab Douglas, former Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper, said: “There are some household names taking part, but we have a great mix of players too and you can put your faith in them.”

Another former Celtic player, Simon Donnelly added: “Star Sixes has caught the imagination with star players coming from all over the world.

“I’m sure we’ll be underdogs, but as Leicester showed last year, underdogs sometimes have their day, so hopefully we can have ours. We will certainly give it our best shot.”