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McAlpine in play-off tickets row

SIR ROBERT McAlpine is at the centre of a ticket row ahead of the European Championship play-off between Scotland and England on Saturday week.

The contractor is understood to have received up to 1,200 seats as part payment for the estimated£4 million debt it is owed by the National Stadium Company, which runs Hampden Park in Glasgow.

And that has outraged ticketless Scottish fans.

In August, the contractor issued a writ relating to unpaid work while redeveloping the stadium.

A source close to the scheme said: 'Sir Robert McAlpine has agreed to take debentures in lieu of the cash it's owed. It has nothing to do with the game because it was agreed before the draw was made.'

Sir Robert McAlpine and the National Stadium Company declined to comment.