European Qualifier: Mark McGhee has no fear of Scotland boo boys
Last Updated: 10/11/14 6:45pm
Mark McGhee has dismissed talk that Scotland's European Qualifier against Republic of Ireland may be blighted by nationalism.
Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy were both born in Scotland, but opted to play for Republic of Ireland, the country of their grandparents.
However, McGhee does not believe they will be targeted for special treatment by the Scotland support.
Speaking ahead of Friday's Group D encounter with Martin O'Neill's side at Celtic Park, McGhee said: "I can't imagine that. I really can't see that. There are two groups of players and staff who know each other and who have a huge amount of respect for each other.
"I sat beside Martin O'Neill last week at Brentford. I think it has the makings of a hugely competitive game, but I think it is a game that will be played in the best spirit.
"I don't think there will be any other issues. Anything else will be drowned out by the support that hopefully the Scotland fans give their own team, rather than wasting energy on anything else. I know from European nights that the atmosphere that can be generated at Parkhead, like Ibrox, is just sensational.
"With the magnitude of this game, you would expect there to be as good an atmosphere at a Scotland game as there has been for a long time. It is a home game for us, not for them. We have a huge support behind us, we couldn't be set up better."
Scotland have taken four points from their first three fixtures, including a 2-2 draw with Poland in Warsaw, but McGhee acknowledges that the Irish - with seven points from the same number of games - are in the box-seat.
"As far as I am concerned all we have achieved so far is the minimum that would be expected from us," said the former Scotland striker.
"Republic of Ireland have made a slightly better start as they have gone to Germany and got a draw and have beaten Georgia away from home. They have arguably made a better start than us so we have to catch them up.
"This game will go a long way to decide whether we do or don't qualify. It is not a 'must-win' or 'must-not-lose' game, but a win would give either team a huge advantage."
Watch the game between Scotland and Republic of Ireland live on Sky Sports 5 at 7.45pm on Friday.