Joey knows all
SCOTLAND play Denmark in their next warm-up match, at Hampden Park a week on Wednesday.
One man who knows what it's like to play against the Danes is Dons legend Joe Harper.
The former King of the Beach End gained only four caps for his country, but three of them were in games against the Scandinavians.
His last trip to Copenhagen led to Joe being hit with a life-time ban from playing for Scotland and he gives the inside story on that infamous scandal that dominated the headlines in 1975.
QWhat are your thoughts having faced Denmark three times when you only got four Scotland caps? I cherish the memories I have of all three games. What I do mind is getting only four caps. Playing for Scotland was one of the major highs of my career and I'm convinced I was good enough to do it more often than I did. But the unjust ban I received for that infamous incident in Copenhagen and what I saw as a bias against those playing for provincial clubs like Aberdeen denied me the chance. With that in mind, your first cap, against the Danes in Copenhagen in October 1972, must have meant a lot? Yes. I had scored 52 goals in 58 appearances for the Dons and won the bronze boot as the third top scorer in Europe in 1972, yet was still being overlooked by Scotland. I thought I had no hope when Scotland boss Tommy Docherty did an interview for the Evening Express and claimed that scoring 50 goals for Aberdeen was nothing special in his eyes. I was convinced that was my Scotland dream dead – so it was a shock when Tommy picked me for a World Cup qualifier in Denmark. My heart sank again later after Tommy told me I wasn't going to play because he didn't rate me and had only included me in the squad to please the press.
AQAHe then shocked me by telling me I would get my first cap in the return match at Hampden! Tommy further shocked me by announcing I would be among the subs in Denmark – then told me in the second half that I was getting on! How did you feel when you knew you were about to finally make your debut? Embarrassed, because I had an overwhelming urge to go to the toilet. Tommy wasn't pleased but told me to hurry up. The dressing rooms were locked so I went through a door looking for a toilet under the stand. I couldn't find one so I had to asked two policemen, who told me to go out through two big double doors. The doors banged shut behind me, and suddenly I discovered I was locked outside the stadium! I spent an eternity banging on the doors until the policemen eventually let me back in. What did Docherty say when you returned?
just shook his head and told me to get on with it. I went on for Jimmy Bone and I was in dreamland soon afterwards when I latched on to a back-heeled pass from Lou Macari to score my first Scotland goal. We won the game 4-1 and it was one of the greatest days of my life.