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SFA to choose between Hampden and Murrayfield to host Scotland matches

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The Scottish FA will choose between Hampden and Murrayfield as the home of the Scotland team this summer.

The news comes after a proposal to hold international matches and cup games at Celtic Park or Ibrox was rejected at a specially convened board meeting.

The SFA's 20-year lease on Hampden expires in 2020, with a renewal option.

The governing body commissioned a feasibility study to consider all of its options for moving away from the national stadium.

The study also considered the pros and cons of staying at Hampden - that case being put by its owners Queen's Park FC.

The SFA board will now focus on renewing their Hampden lease or taking up the offer from Murrayfield, home of Scottish rugby.

"As well as submissions from those venues involved in the process - Queen's Park, Scottish Rugby, Celtic and Rangers - the board also received supplementary information from other key stakeholders, including the Scottish FA membership," said the SFA in a statement.

"Over the course of the meeting, each proposal was discussed in detail and broad themes were developed and debated among the group. The request from Glasgow City Council to review the timescales of any decision was also acknowledged.

"Having considered all submissions and supporting docum­en­ta­tion, the board has decided to further develop two positive options: remaining at Hampden Park beyond 2020 and moving to BT Murrayfield. This decision was taken after considering the financial implications of all proposals submitted.

"Given the complexity of the discussion - as well as the social, economic and emotional impact of any final decision - the board was unanimous that more work requires to be undertaken to bring further clarity and certainty to any final decision."

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