£250m Hampden Park revamp ruled out as national stadium defended by SFA chief

Mike Mulraney admits improvements to Hampden are much-needed but has launched a defence of the national stadium.

The old ground often draws criticism for various reasons, from a lack of atmosphere and fans being too far away from the pitch, to location and transport links. But the SFA president insists he loves the national stadium - and challenged anyone to disagree when there's a glory night for Scotland.

Mulraney points out that other stadia, like Wembley, have spectators seated far from the action and nothing is said. And while others may be keen to do it down and have a pop at our own venue, he is proud of Hampden.

He does however admit that improvements are needed and that will be his aim. He said: "All those who say Hampden is not good, it tends to be in the old days when we had 10,000 there and we got beat 1-0. Tell me when I have 51,000 folk bouncing and the lights flashing and we have just qualified, who thinks it's rubbish? Because I don't. I think it's bloody brilliant.

"I have just been down to Wembley, the fans are quite far away from the goals, believe it or not. Nobody speaks about it. I go around Europe and see it over and over again, what do Scots do? We kick ourselves. Well, guess what? I don't, I'm proud of our National Stadium.

"But we will be out there looking at how we get different income to improve our stadium. Of course it needs improved. I'm a property guy, most people know that. You can't sit on your asset, you need to seat it, invest in it, and improve it.

"That will not be included in the £50m, anything that goes on that will be on top. I love my National Stadium, it's great when we win. I couldn't care if I was sitting on an upturned Irn-Bru crate if I'm watching Scotland win. But I don't want to be. I want to be in a National Stadium I am currently proud of and one that, when it's finished, we'll be prouder of because we'll improve it as well."

On suggestions of emulating Stuttgart's bowl arena, he inisted: "It would take £250m. If the media want to run a campaign and do a fundraiser, I'm your man."