Police Force aid Scotland bid

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Stewart Regan

Scotland's bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup has been backed by Strathclyde Police after the scheduling of Friday night matches at Hampden Park was approved.

Scotland will open their campaign with a home double-header against Serbia and Macedonia in September 2012 and two Friday night fixtures will take place at Hampden Park after the Scottish Football Association received the support of the local police force.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said on scottishfa.co.uk: "Obviously we went into the meeting aware of the potential difficulties in negotiating while not being allowed to play on a Friday night but after positive discussions with the police, they have given approval for us to play on a Friday, which is a huge help to Craig (Levein) in terms of giving the squad extra recovery time between games in a double header."

Scotland manager Levein declared himself to be very pleased with the outcome of Wednesday's fixtures meeting in Brussels.

Levein said: "We got most of what we came for. It was tense, fraught at times but enjoyable and ultimately we are very pleased with the outcome.

"At various stages we thought we had reached agreement but then negotiations broke down again. You could write a book about some of it.

"From our point of view, we got most of what we came for: two home games to start the campaign with, at least one Saturday afternoon kick-off at home for the sake of our supporters and a home game to finish with."

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