The Scottish Football Association have vowed to fight to bring Argentina ace Lionel Messi to Scotland for the November friendly match, despite an agreement between the superstar's club and country...
However, an agreement between Barcelona and the Argentinian FA, a result of the row between the Catalan giants and the country's Olympic squad, will prevent Messi from featuring in Glasgow.
SFA chief Gordon Smith, though, insists he's going to hound the higher-ups of the Blaugrana and the Albicelestes in the hope that an agreement can be reached.
Smith after confirming the Messi situation: "It's a great pity, but I will be looking to pursue the relevant parties to see if we can get them to change their mind.
"When the game was confirmed we had an agreement that they would bring their best side from a list of players. Messi must not be on that list and that is not something we were aware of.
"It's a great shame that one of the best players in the world will not be coming to Glasgow, but hopefully we can work to get him here."
Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain, though, stated coldly: "We have the word of the Argentina FA that [Messi] will be released from playing friendlies this season."
Perhaps the Scottish fans will have to make do with the likes of Carlos Tévez, Juan Roman Riquelme and Javier Mascherano. That is, of course, if they're on the magical list.
Liam Black, Goal.com