Scottish FA Chief Executive Stewart Regan:

“Prior to their departure for Cyprus, the Scottish FA made plans for the Scotland National Team players to mark Armistice Day by wearing poppies on their anthem jackets before the match.

“We have kept track of the ongoing debate between the FA and FIFA this week. The decision to allow players to wear black armbands featuring poppies during the match is a pragmatic solution to the fact that FIFA's rules forbid the wearing of the poppy on the match shirt. Subject to the approval of the Cypriot FA as the host nation we will also adopt this approach in our friendly match on Friday night.

“We believe this is a fitting way to show our respect for those members of the armed forces who have lost their lives fighting for their country.”