People make Glasgow and it is those people that Scotland manager Ally Dawson is hoping will give them a ‘real boost’ during the Homeless World Cup.
Speaking following their opening 8-4 victory over Hong Kong, Dawson speaking on the atmosphere generated by the fans, said: “I am hoping it gives them a real boost. The fans are so important, they are going to give them that boost that will give them an extra player on the park, as long as they don’t get overcommitted with it – I think it will be 100 percent in our favour.
“The crowd were fantastic, that roar takes you back to the time through in Edinburgh, in 2005, it was just an immense feeling.
The 52 nations participating in the World Cup received a warm and enthusiastic reception from the supporters, even if the weather couldn’t match up to the atmosphere generated by the fans. However, the biggest cheer was reserved for hosts Scotland with team captains Craig McManus and Karen Boggie having the honour of being flag bearers.
With the formalities over with, including a message from UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon, Scotland got off to the perfect start with their victory over Hong Kong – a pleasing result for former Rangers and Scotland defender Dawson.
He commented: “It was good to get a win, scoring eight goals really was a bonus and the boys committed themselves. We just asked them to watch, to not over commit in challenges but they committed themselves in actual game itself.
“[Scotland] started well and got in front and that helped. It’s going to be important throughout the competition to get changes made at the right time, because you always think that they will last the seven minutes but some of them – through the effort and the occasion today especially – that seven minutes felt like an hour and a half in their lungs at one point.”
Following on from the men’s victory over Hong Kong, Scotland’s women took to the field and delivered an emphatic 11-1 win over Norway.
Dawson added: “I knew they would score goals, I knew there were two of three key players that could really play, they have a good little goalkeeper as well.
“You could see that they will do really well in the tournament and I’m hoping that they grow in strength as well. But they have two good coaches in Mandy and Tracy burns so I think they will do really well.”
The Homeless World Cup is being held all week at George Square in Glasgow until Saturday 16th July.