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Scotland to face Portugal in glamour friendly

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal side will take on Scotland in a friendly in Glasgow later this year (pic: SNS Group)

European champions Portugal are heading to Hampden Park later this year to face Scotland in a friendly.

Scots boss Alex McLeish has lined up the glamour fixture against Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. on Sunday, 14 October, three days after the Nations League tie in Israel.

It is the first meeting between the teams since 2002 and despite some apathy towards friendlies amid the ranks of the Tartan Army in recent times, the visit of the Portuguese should capture the imagination of the footballing public.

It also excites McLeish, who said: “Portugal will provide a stern test for our players, which is exactly what we are looking for in our opposition in challenge matches.

“The recent challenge matches against Costa Rica and Hungary were invaluable to myself and my coaching team, allowing us to get to know the players and experiment with different systems and this match will provide further opportunity for the team to develop.

“Our Nations League campaign will be in full swing when we play Portugal and it can only be a huge incentive to the players to have the opportunity to test themselves against some of the best in the world.”

Scotland kick off their Nations League action at home to Albania on 10 September. The trip to Israel is followed by an away clash against the Albanians on 17 November before the final match against Israel at Hampden Park on 20 November.

In preparation for the start of the competitive action, there are friendlies against Peru, Mexico and Belgium already in the diary.

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