Squad Announced to Face Norway

FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Qualifier


Norway v Scotland
Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo
Wednesday 12 August 2009, Kick-off 7pm

National Coach George Burley has named a 23-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Norway in
Oslo.
 
Goalkeepers Neil Alexander and Jamie Langfield both come into the squad, along with Burnley defender Steven Caldwell, Preston North End’s Callum Davidson and Rangers
pair Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith.
 
Goalkeepers

Neil Alexander Rangers
Jamie Langfield Aberdeen
David Marshall Cardiff City

Defenders

Darren Barr Falkirk
Christophe Berra Wolverhampton Wanderers
Gary Caldwell Celtic
Steven Caldwell Burnley
Callum Davidson Preston North End
Alan Hutton Tottenham Hotspur
Jamie McAllister Bristol City
Steven Whittaker Rangers


Midfield

Graham Alexander Burnley
Scott Brown Celtic
Kris Commons Derby County
Darren Fletcher Manchester United
Paul Hartley Bristol City
Shaun Maloney Celtic
James McFadden Birmingham City

Forwards

David Clarkson Bristol City
Steven Fletcher Burnley
Ross McCormack Cardiff City
Kenny Miller Rangers
Steven Naismith Rangers


Tartan Army Children's Charity

Inspiration Awards

Nominate a child for The Tartan Army Children's Charity Inspiration Awards and they could win a chance to see Scotland v The Netherlands at Hampden on Wednesday 9 September.  This year the charity will be presenting the TACC Inspiration Award to a child whose story will inspire all Scotland supporters.
 
The child might have overcome illness, disability, difficult family circumstances or any other disadvantage, perhaps achieving something despite this.  The only rules are that they live in Scotland and are under 16 years old -
supporting Scotland is good but not mandatory!
 
Click here for more details


Allocation of Away Points

As you will know, we have recently announced that we will no longer be requiring members to supply proof of travel in order to claim their point for away matches. This decision was taken after it became clear that not only was this system difficult for members to comply with (only 5000 of 8000 people who had an official Netherlands away ticket supplied us with  proof of travel), but also it was equally clear that the system penalised the majority in order to try and catch out the minority of members who engage in 'points harvesting.'  We fully understand that the whole issue of members buying tickets for away matches but not actually travelling to the game is something that angers the honest supporters who abide by the rules of the club. When we met with the Association of Tartan Army Clubs at the end of last week, we had a lengthy discussion about what can be done.

In recent years we have tried various ways of tackling the issue. We have tried forcing supporters to pick up their tickets in the country before the match and, of course, we have recently tried proof of travel. It is our strongly held
view - and the view of the majority of members who contact us - that supporters want their ticket in their hands before they travel to matches. This means that the time in the foreign country is their own and fans are not inconvenienced by having to travel to an area and often stand in queues to pick up a ticket that they could have had weeks before.


However, even although we will no longer be requiring proof of travel, this does not mean that we have given up on the issue of 'points harvesting.' We still want to eradicate it, but we want to do it in such a way that does not inconvenience the majority of supporters too much.

So, from now on we will be starting a system of 'spot checks' for away games.  What this means in practice is that a random section of supporters who have received an
official ticket for an away fixture will be contacted and asked to pick up their ticket in the country before the match. We have already selected a large number of supporters who
are travelling to Norway for a spot check and if you have been chosen we really appreciate your help in doing this.

We will also be making sure that we are much tougher on members who break the rules when it comes to points. 

There will be no '3 strikes and you are out' policy. From now on, if you are caught points harvesting, your membership of the Scotland Supporters Club will be immediately terminated.

We know that it is a very small minority of supporters who choose to break the rules and we will not take action that we feel is prejudiced against the majority of members just to try and catch out the offenders. This is a huge club and represents what we rightly feel are the greatest football supporters in the world. When someone demonstrates by their actions that they do not deserve to be a member, we will have no hesitation in removing them.

As always, we thank you ever so much for your continued dedication and support of Scotland. Everyone is fully behind George and the Boys as we try and get back to South Africa.

We know that we can do it - and with your support we undoubtedly will.

We'll be coming!

The Scotland Supporters Club.