SCOTLAND will play Holland for the 19th time when they take on Dick Advocaat’s men in a friendly at Pittodrie tonight.
So far the Scots have won six, drawn four and lost eight, including the last three meetings.
The performances against the team known as the Oranje have been a curious mixture of the awesome and the awful, the terrific and the terrible.
Here is a look at some of the the highs and lows of past clashes between the nations.
June 11, 1978; World Cup Finals: SCOTLAND 3 HOLLAND 2 (Mendoza)
ARCHIE GEMMILL’S sublime solo goal lit up an enthralling encounter and inflicted only one of two losses the Dutch would suffer in Argentina – the other coming from the hosts in the Final.
Rob Rensenbrink gave the visitors – with future Celtic boss Wim Jansen in midfield – the lead with a penalty-kick in the 34th minute, but that was wiped out 19 minutes by Kenny Dalglish’s first-time effort that flashed past Jan Jongbloed high into the net.
Two after the restart, Gemmill slotted in a spot-kick after Graeme Souness had been upended and the little Nottingham Forest battler’s moment of magic arrived in the 68th minute when he bamboozled four opponents before flicking the ball over the outrushing keeper.
Alas, Johnny Rep lashed in his country’s second effort four minutes later and the Scots went out on goal difference.
TEAM: Rough; Kennedy, Forsyth, Buchan, Donachie; Rioch, Souness, Gemmill, Hartford; Dalglish, Jordan.
March 23, 1982; Friendly: SCOTLAND 2, HOLLAND 1 (Glasgow)
A remarkable crowd of 71,848 tuned out to see Jock Stein’s Scotland side overcome the Dutch in a thrilling friendly encounter at Hampden.
Leeds United left-back Frankie Gray fired the Scots into the lead in the 13th minute with a well-taken penalty-kick.
Kenny Dalglish doubled the advantage in the 23rd minute, but the visitors pulled one back through Wim Kieft just after the half-hour mark.
Stein freshened up the team for the second-half as he sent on Tommy Burns, Alan Brazil and Gordon Strachan for Steve Archibald, Dalglish and Joe Jordan.
The Scots, preparing for the World Cup Finals in Spain in the summer, could have added to their tally, but keeper Hans van Breukelen was in defiant mood.
Rough; McGrain, Evans, Miller, Gray; Wark, Bett, Narey; Archibald (sub: Burns), Dalglish (sub: Brazil), Jordan (sub: Strachan).
November 19,2003; European Championship Play-off (1st leg): SCOTLAND 1 HOLLAND 0 (Glasgow)
JAMES McFADDEN was the hero of Hampden as he netted a memorable winner in the European Championships play-off first leg.
The Everton striker curled an unstoppable effort wide of Edwin van der Sar to send 50,667 fans into ecstasy and give the Scots a crucial advantage before the return in Amsterdam the following midweek.
Future skipper Darren Fletcher set up the goal with a cute backheel and McFadden, on the right, cut in to send a glorious shot into the back of the net.
Dundee centre-half Lee Wilkie produced the performance of a lifetime to keep Ruud van Nistelrooy in check. Steven Pressley was another stand-out Scot as Berti Vogts’ men held out for a famous victory.
Douglas; McNamara, Pressley, Wilkie, Naysmith; Fletcher, Dailly, Ferguson, McCann (sub: Pearson); McFadden (sub: Hutchison), Dickov (sub: Miller).
May 11, 1966, Friendly: SCOTLAND 0 HOLLAND 3 (Glasgow)
MANAGER John Prentice fielded a team of home Scots – minus Celtic players – in a confrontation the home side were favourites to win after three successive victories against the visitors.
Remarkably, the Dutch, then unknown quantities at international level, strolled to an emphatic three-goal triumph.
Ajax’s Klaas Nuninga scored the first past Kilmarnock keeper Bobby Ferguson in the 14th minute to silence the home fans.
PSV Eindhoven’s Willy van der Kuylen added No.2 seven minutes after the turnaround and complete the misery with a third six minutes from time.
Ferguson; Greig, Provan; Stanton, McKinnon, Smith; Henderson, Penman, Scott, Wallace, Johnston.
November 19, 2003; European Championship (2nd leg): HOLLAND 6 SCOTLAND 0 (Amsterdam)
IT was annihilation in Amsterdam as Dick Advocaat’s men rallied from their defeat in the first leg at Hampden to eliminate the Scots from the European Championships.
Manchester United hitman Ruud van Nistelrooy, so quiet a few days earlier, burst into life with a hat-trick as the visitors were humbled.
It was the Scots’ worst defeat in 42 years and Berti Vogts had no answer to the ploys of Dick Advocaat. Andre Oojijer and the Old Trafford star netted in the first-half after good service from Wesley Sneijder who had opened the scoring in the 13th minute.
Van Nistelrooy added two more and Frank de Boer chipped in as the Dutch ran amok after the interval.
Douglas; McNamara, Pressley, Wilkie, Naysmith (sub: Ross); Fletcher, Ferguson, McCann (sub: Miller), Rae; McFadden, Dickov (sub: Crawford).
March 28, 2009; World Cup qualifier: HOLLAND 3, SCOTLAND 0 (Amsterdam)
GEORGE BURLEY’S side collapsed against a dynamic Dutch side who took the lead on the half-hour mark with a header from Klaas Jan Huntelaar from a right-wing cross from Mark van Bommel.
The Scots gifted the Dutch a second when the unmarked Robin van Persie knocked in a corner-kick from Arjen Robben.
Gary Caldwell had a goal disallowed in mysterious circumstances in the 74th minute, but ti it was all over shortly afterwards.
Christophe Berra pulled down Huntelaar and Dirk Kuyt swept home the penalty-kick past the blameless Allan McGregor.
McGregor; Alexander (sub: Hutton), Berra, Caldwell, Naysmith; Brown, D. Fletcher, Ferguson; Teale (sub: Morrison), McCormack, Miller (sub: S. Fletcher).
Results in full:
June 4, 1929; Friendly: Holland 0, SCOTLAND 2 (Amsterdam)
May 21, 1938; Friendly: Holland 1, SCOTLAND 3 (Amsterdam)
May 27, 1959: Friendly: Holland 1, SCOTLAND 2 (Amsterdam)
May 11, 1966; Friendly: SCOTLAND 0 HOLLAND 3 (Glasgow)
May 30, 1968; Friendly: Holland 0, SCOTLAND 0 (Amsterdam)
December 1, 1971; Friendly: Holland 2, SCOTLAND 1 (Amsterdam)
June 11, 1978; World Cup Finals: SCOTLAND 3, Holland 2 (Mendoza)
March 23, 1982; Friendly: SCOTLAND 2, Holland 1 (Glasgow)
April 29, 1986; Friendly: Holland 0, SCOTLAND 0 (Eindhoven)
June 12, 1992; European Championship: Holland 1, SCOTLAND 0 (Sweden)
March 23, 1994: Friendly: SCOTLAND 0, Holland 1 (Glasgow)
May 27, 1994; Friendly: Holland 3, SCOTLAND 1 (Utrecht)
June 10, 1996; European Championships: Holland 0, SCOTLAND 0 (Birmingham)
April 26, 2000: Friendly: Holland 0, SCOTLAND 0 (Eindhoven)
November 15, 2003; European Championships Play-offs (1st leg): SCOTLAND 1, Holland 0 (Glasgow)
November 19, 2003: European Championships Play-offs (2nd leg): Holland 6, SCOTLAND 0 (Amsterdam)
March 28, 2009: World Cup Qualifying: Holland 3, SCOTLAND 0 (Amsterdam)
September 9, 2009: World Cup Qualifying: SCOTLAND 0, Holland 1 (Glasgow).