All you need to know ahead of Alex McLeish's first match back in charge

Vauxhall International Challenge Match
Scotland v Costa Rica
Friday, 23 March, kick-off 7.45pm
Hampden Park

A new era for the Scotland National Team begins tomorrow night under the lights at Hampden Park.

With a new Manager and coaching staff in place, all eyes are on Hampden Park as Scotland take on Costa Rica for the first time since 1990.

In his first spell in charge, McLeish started with a win, thanks to a Craig Beattie goal in the dying minutes against Georgia at Hampden.

The match on Friday night will begin Scotland’s preparations for a vital year ahead with the Nations League beginning in September. Before that Costa Rica, Hungary, Peru, Mexico and Belgium lie in wait.

Scotland team news

Russell Martin, Dylan McGeouch and Kieran Tierney have withdrawn through injury and Jack Hendry has been called up, making it six new faces in the Scotland squad for the upcoming two games.

Hendry, aged 22, signed for Celtic in January on a four and a half year deal and made his debut against Kilmarnock in February.

He previously played for Dundee, Partick Thistle and Wigan Athletic.

While at Wigan, he had loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Milton Keynes Dons.

Previous matches against Costa Rica

Scotland have only met Costa Rica on one occasion, at the 1990 World Cup in a match that Alex McLeish played in.

In their first ever appearance at a finals tournament, Costa Rica took the lead moments after half time and held on to secure the 1-0 win.

At this year’s World Cup, Costa Rica have been joined in a group by Serbia, Brazil and Switzerland.

Costa Rica players to watch

The Costa Ricans have a strong squad as they prepare for the World Cup, including Celtic defender Christian Gamboa.



Former Fulham playmaker Bryan Ruiz, who now plays for Sporting Lisbon will provide a threat up front and at the other end they have a Champions League winner in between the sticks.

Keylor Navas, from Real Madrid has lifted the trophy twice, most recently in 2017, when Madrid defeated Juventus in Cardiff.

Matchday activities

Pre-match

There will be pipers located around the stadium welcoming fans to Hampden and a pipe band will perform from 7.15pm inside the stadium.

East Stand

There will be plenty going on for children and families in attendance, with giveaways on offer and face painters on hand.

North Stand

Within the East end of the North Stand concourse, there will be a shop, selling the new home and away shirts and other merchandise.



Ticket information

Tickets are available from tickets.scottishfa.co.uk until 11.59pm on Thursday (22 March).

On matchday, tickets will be available from 10am at the West end of the stadium until kick-off.

Travel information

Please note there are major roadworks on Aikenhead Road near to Hampden.

Aikenhead Road is closed to vehicles between Prospecthill Road and Curling Crescent.

Hampden's purple car park will also be closed for this event. Congestion and delays can be expected so supporters are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early.

Click here for further travel information.

Where to watch

If you can’t make it to Hampden the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and tweeted by the Scottish FA Twitter account.

If you are watching the game, outwith Scotland, find out where to tune in through livesoccertv.