The plan is to use six Scottish stadiums and two in Ireland as venues when the bid get the nod. The Scottish national stadium, Hampden, may not have been chosen s the venue for the final but it is still pretty impressive. The other grounds in Glasgow, Celtic Park and Ibrox, have seen their fair share of action in Europe over the years Over the other side of the country, Edinburgh has two grounds which could be used. The national rugby stadium Murrayfield meets the capacity criteria with ease but Easter Road, home of Hibs, would need some work to host the major games. Up in the northwest Aberdeen plan to move to a new stadium which would be a magnificent setting for EURO2008 games. The Dundee rivals see the way forward as a joint venture and plan to build a new ground which can be reduced in capacity once EURO2008 is over. We know all about the problem over in Ireland about getting any ground signed up. Bertie Ahern still has high hopes of getting the GAA to allow Croke Park to be used. The other ground could either be Lansdowne Road or a new Stadium Ireland, possibly funded by private investment. This would appear to be the bid's Achilles' Heel.
Attendees at the recent Old Firm derby or a Republic of Ireland international game would confirm that fans on both side of the water like their football. As major tourist attractions in their own right, Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh are well used to hosting big events, and would allow players and supporters alike to mix the serious business of football with pleasure.
Andy Mitchell, SFA head of communications, said: "Winning the bid would galvanise the support of football in Scotland. It would be a massive event for us to take on. We had such a great time at the (UEFA) Champions League final last May that I think for this to come to Scotland and Ireland would be a fantastic event which the whole country would get behind. We would have fantastic support from the fans, we will have the biggest capacity of stadia and we have the history and heritage to make a great tournament."