A group of children from youth groups in Dundee and Glasgow proved to be Scotland’s lucky charm as they attended recent games against Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

Youngsters from Glasgow Youthpoint and Dundee’s HUSH club watched Gordon Strachan’s team record back-to-back victories when they made their first visit to Hampden Park.

The kids were invited to the games as part of an initiative from the Tartan Army Children’s Charity – a nominated charity of the Scottish FA. My First Scotland Match offers kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, with physical or mental disabilities or with other family issues, the opportunity to attend their first Scotland game.

They receive free tickets, a pie or hot dog and drink at half time plus some spending money for the evening.

TACC Secretary Jim Hart thanked the Scottish FA for their support and passed on the following comments from the groups involved:

- "Our boys that went along had an absolute ball and are still talking about what a brilliant night they had. Our youngest attendee was just 10 and our eldest, 16. All of them had a wonderful experience, so thank you."

- "Thanks to TACC, the young people got an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives; their first visit to Scotland's National Stadium, Scotland top on, scarf round the neck and one foot hot dog to keep them warm, all courtesy of TACC. On behalf of those young people, thank you for making it a night to remember."

- “These children come from areas of Glasgow that have high levels of poverty and deprivation and we work really hard to give them positive role models, activities and interests – things to divert them away from hanging about on the streets and getting into trouble with the police. Some of these kids have quite chaotic home lives and it’s safe to say they’d be unlikely to get the chance to go and watch their national team play. To have spending money, an evening out and a football top to take home is something very special indeed for them.”

- “Thank you for giving our young people a very special experience and for all you continue to do for children.”