Former Scotland player Gordon McQueen is hoping Republic of Ireland stars James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady receive a “horrible reception” in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park. 

McQueen has spoken of his anger at the duo playing for Ireland, having been born in Glasgow.

McGeady played schools football for Scotland, but switched allegiance to Ireland as he qualified via Irish grandparents. McCarthy also opted to represent Ireland instead of the Scots. 

McQueen said: “I hope they get a horrible reception because they deserve it. I’ve got no time for these players.

“You’re born in Glasgow but then you go and play for somebody else? What’s that all about?"

“You’re born in Glasgow but then you go and play for somebody else? What’s that all about? I’m not having that at all. I hope it’s hard for them coming back here with Ireland.

“I’m sure somebody must have asked them to play for Scotland at some stage. You’re either Scottish or you’re not Scottish and you should know that by the time you’re 12 years of age.

“I played alongside Bob Wilson and Bruce Rioch, who were born in England but they always considered themselves Scottish. That’s all I want.

“If you feel Scottish you’re Scottish but I hate these guys who think, ‘I can’t get a game for England so I’ll play for Scotland’.”


However there has been backing for the Glasgow-born pair. Hamilton Academical player manager Alex Neil - a former teammate of James McCarthy - said the Tartan Army had no right to boo on Friday night.

The Group D clash could pit McCarthy against James McArthur, another former Accies colleague.

Neil says he will be backing Scotland's McArthur to come out on top in the next leg of the race to Euro 2016, but he has shot down any suggestion that the home support will have the right to shower 23-year-old McCarthy with abuse.

Overlooked by Scotland youth selectors, the Everton midfielder took up Ireland's offer to join their Under-16s squad. By the time the Scottish Football Association got round to calling-up McCarthy, his mind was made up to stay with Ireland.

"I'd like to think James won't get any reaction really and that the fans will just let the kid go and play his football," said Neil.

"At the end of the day, he didn't get picked for Scotland and Ireland did. So it's not his fault. When you have only got one option, it's pretty easy to take that option. It's not as if Scotland came calling.

"He's a terrific footballer and I don't think any of that should have a part to play."

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