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THE Tartan Army invaded England yesterday to show Kevin Keegan just what his boys are up against.

A proud band of Scotland supporters made an advance trip to let the England boss know how much the world's greatest fans are up for the football matches of the Millennium.

But faced with the Bravehearts, cocky Keegan turned and fled without a word.

With every Scot gearing up for next month's vital Euro clashes, the Daily Record sent some warriors to give Keegan a glimpse of the passion his team will face when they visit Hampden.

And it was all too much.

As the skirl of the pipes rang out, the England manager, who was on a visit to a school in Widnes, Cheshire, took to his sleek BMW and sped back to the England HQ.

To think again.

At least the children he was visiting got into the spirit of the occasion as they cheered the pipers and danced a fling.

Pipers Simon McKerrell and Robert Dickie, and supporters Willie Leary, Ronnie McTaggert and Craig Henry were led by the aptly-named John Wallace.

As John marched his band to Fairfield High School, where Keegan had spent the day with his star striker Michael Owen, the manager was clearly rattled.

And his mood didn't seem to improve when John Wallace led a hearty chorus of Scotland the Brave.

Later, John said: "Keegan knows what he is up against now. Our boys will not let us down."

Piper Robert added: "The Scots fans are really up for it. Keegan knows that.

"Scotland will win the day, if not with skill with passion."

Earlier, the usually outspoken Keegan was lost for words when he was presented with a copy of yesterday's Daily Record - showing just what Scotland thinks of his boasts.

He was unwilling to rise to the challenge offered by the Scottish people.

Moments later, as Keegan stood surrounded by security guards and suits from the English FA, the Record attempted a gesture of friendship and sportsmanship.

We offered Keegan a haggis, brought all the way from the fair land - but once again we were snubbed by "King Kev".

He did admit to liking our national delicacy. "You've got it right there mate, I love haggis" he said before disappearing behind a wall of security guards.

We'd even brought something for Kevin to listen to on his way home - The Greatest Scottish Album In The World Ever - but once again he refused our generous gift.

Michael Owen was much friendlier than his boss and he even discussed the forthcoming matches.

And unlike Keegan, who has boasted about how well he thinks his team are going to do against Craig Brown's lads, Owen seemed more nervous at the prospect of playing the Scots.

He said: "Scotland have got a good chance.

"There are only two teams playing and it's one or the other now - they've got just as good a chance as us."
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Author:McCOLM, EUAN; Richardson, Pete
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 15, 1999
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