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Scotland v Argentina friendly back on after ticket deal

Scotland will take on Argentina in a friendly at Hampden Park on November 19, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) said on Tuesday.

The announcement came after Argentina agreed to lower their fee for the game in Glasgow to a level which allows the SFA to put the match on and charge fans the same for tickets as they will pay for the October 11 World Cup qualifier against Austria.

Negotiations on a potential friendly between the two countries in July collapsed after members of the Tartan Army canvassed by the SFA indicated they would be unwilling to pay higher ticket prices in order to bring Lionel Messi and co to Hampden.

Scotland head coach George Burley said he was thrilled at the prospect of facing Argentina.

“We cannot wait to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the world and look forward to our fans giving the Argentines a great Scottish Hampden welcome when they come here in November,” Burley said.

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith added: “We are very pleased that we will be able to put on the game at a pricing structure that will appeal to fans.

“We want Scotland fans to see the players pit themselves against the best in the world and there are few teams better than Argentina.

“This is going to be a great match and a fantastic occasion and I know that George and the team will put on a show that will do the country proud.”

Tue 30 Sep, 2008
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