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Scotland v England in Los Angeles New Year clash

Celebrities will feature in annual Auld Enemy clash in Orange County, California.

Scots Abroad: Gough set to play for Scotland

A host of celebrities are set to feature for the Scotland v England match on January 2. However, this Auld Enemy battle will see the woods of Bannockburn, and latterly the pitches of Hampden and Wembley, replaced by a public park in Orange County, California.

The match, which has been running annually since 1963, pits Scots and English expatriates against each other in a hotly-contested football fixture and with many British professionals having plied their trade across the Atlantic, they won’t be short on a few celebrity players looking to secure victory for their country abroad.

Former West Ham United and LA Lazers striker Clyde Best has pulled on the England shirt for the game, not to mention Vinny Jones and Robbie Williams who are both based in California.

Rod Stewart meanwhile has fielded for Scotland in recent times, along with former Rangers stars Richard Gough and Davie Robertson.

Both Gough and Robertson return to the line-up for this year’s clash and will be joined by undefeated Edinburgh boxer Craig McEwan who fights out of the Wild Card gym in West Hollywood.

Crowds of around 1,500 are expected to watch the match which is staged at the Westgrove public park. After the match fans and players mingle at the nearby British Dominion Social Club.

To be available for selection for the respective countries players must be from the country of origin as far back as grandparents and be based primarily in and around Orange County and Los Angeles.

This year’s grudge match takes place on the same day as the Old Firm clash at Ibrox and organisers expect players to visit the Orange County Rangers Supporters Club or the LA Celtic Club before the match to watch the game.

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