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‘SHAME TO LEAVE HAMPDEN,’ ECK

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SCOTLAND boss Alex McLeish admits “it would be a shame” for the national team to leave Hampden.

A final decision is expected to be announced soon about the future of the stadium, with the lease at the ground, owned by Queen’s Park, expiring in 2020.

Scottish Rugby has touted Murrayfield as a potential replacement, claiming it is the “largest and best stadium in the country”.

However, McLeish, who played for Scotland from 1980-1993. is not keen to leave the south side stadium.

He said: “I’ve played at Hampden many, many times, had many glories here and I’ve got a lot of memories.

“But I know that football changes and I know there’s issues with stadiums, crowds and probably revenue, so if we have to move, we have to move. It would be a shame to leave this great place.

“I love this place and I have so many fantastic memories.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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