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The Brae Tartan Army on tour at Euro 2020, from left to right: James Milne, John Gold, Ryan Tulloch, Addie Manson, Ryan Sutherland.

THE BRAE Tartan Army are gearing up for potentially historic night at Hampden as Scotland face Croatia in a vital Euro 2020 clash.

If Scotland win the 8pm fixture tonight (Tuesday) then the team will progress to the knockout stage.

As previously reported, a group of five fans from Brae have been at Scotland’s group stage games – including the impressive draw against England at Wembley.

James Milne, who is part of the group, said the quintet were “giddy” ahead of tonight’s game.

“You wouldn’t go to the game if you don’t think you’re going to win. It’s in our hands, which is crazy. We’ll come out fighting.”

He conceded Scotland have been goal-shy in the tournament so far, but that it something which obviously needs to change.

Milne said it has been a “cracking” trip so far, which has seen the crew spend time between Glasgow and London.

He said the group are being safe with Covid and are taking tests every other day.

Thousands of Scottish fans swarmed to London for the England game on Friday night, and Milne said it was like a “party atmosphere”.

He said “everyone was happy to see us” and the group saw no animosity.

“Even the staff, the police, were completely different from Glasgow. They had a right good laugh with us.”

Back to tonight, and the Scotland team could hand Milne the perfect birthday present as the Brae man celebrates turning 37 today.

He is planning to fly home in the morning after the match to see his family – “and then we’ll make a decision later on in the week, to see who we’re playing and where we’re playing”.

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