|Scotland 1-3 England. Celtic Park.|
History and geography ensures there is more than enough spice to fixtures with Scotland without needing to add fuel to the fire. But hey, what the hell. If you want to add to the already feverish atmosphere guaranteed to surround the clash, then holding it less than two months after an extremely close fought independence referendum and choosing Celtic Park as the venue should do it.
|Duke of Wellington complete with cone|
Quite why nobody raised the prospect that England playing in a stadium owned by a club whose supporters are known for their Irish republicanism and who have a minority that have even sung in support of the IRA in the past might lead to "inappropriate and offensive chanting" is a total mystery. Only answered by the fact that they are thick, as shown by the FA's apology. Here's to the day when we play Afghanistan in a game and have to say sorry for offending the Taliban with our songs.
But enough politics. Glasgow was a brilliant city full of brilliant pubs and brilliant people. Shockingly, this was my first ever visit to the place and only my second time in Scotland following a brief swaray to Edinburgh when on the way to watch Brighton at Carlisle a few years back (don't ask).
|Full Scottish breakfast - the epitome of health|
Arriving in Glasgow before most of the city had woken up, let alone started the working day meant a decent snoop around the sights, a check out of the high standard of girls at the massive University of Strathclyde campus, a good old fashioned Scottish fry up including potato bread and lorne sausage and getting in the pub early doors. All of that went according to plan bar one major hitch in the works - nowhere was serving alcohol until 11am. This meant the alien concept of two pints of orange juice before that first glorious Tennants could be consumed. It honestly felt like putting diesel in a petrol car.
|One TARDIS - needed to travel back in time to when|
Scotland were good
It was here I had my first ever experience of haggis. As a man who would quite happily eat a dead cat if you plonked it down on a plate in front of me, this was something that needless to say went down a treat in the form of a chicken and haggis pie washed down with copious beers.
|Mark's idea of "taking it easy"|
|Rangers pub in Glasgow's East End. As you do|
|The big game...|
It's not hard to see why the Scots are one of the most obese nations on earth if the catering inside of the ground was anything to go by. Take the "Burger supper", which actually consisted of a battered, deep fried burger and a family sized portion of chips. One bite of said item was enough to clog an artery and in truth the local emergency services should have been more concerned with healthy Englishman keeling over and dying from the Scottish diet than injuries as a result of fighting between the fans.
|Rob enjoys his "burger supper"|
|*Avoids inappropriate and offensive IRA joke*|
It wasn't just in the stands England dominated but on the pitch as well. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain securing a first half lead with Wayne Rooney doubling it two minutes into the second period. The stadium did spring back into life when Andrew Robertson pulled one back but they were silenced within 120 seconds, Rooney rounding off one of the best passing moves England have produced in years and celebrating with some gymnastics. 3-1 in your cup final sang the Three Lions support.
|England flags on display|
|3-1 England. An excellent result|
|There are worse places to be kept behind|
Ibrox was visited on Wednesday to clear the lingering hangover and complete the Old Firm set and several more of the cities finest pubs were frequented before the flight back to Gatwick in the evening.
|Fair to say Rangers fans were supporting the No vote|
|Old Firm ground 2/2 done|
Just please try and give us a bit more of a game on and off the pitch next time, yeah?
|Celtic Park - cracking ground|
|Not even The Bill employed this many extras|
|Wayne Rooney celebrates the second|
England: Fraser Forster, Nathaniel Clyne, Gary Cahill (Phil Jagielka), Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw (Kieran Gibbs), James Milner, Jack Wilshere (Ross Barkley), Stuart Downing (Adam Lallana), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1 (Rickie Lambert), Danny Welbeck (Raheem Sterling), Wayne Rooney 2.