Left out of the Scotland squad the game before the Euro 2000 play-off against England, Allan Johnston was cruelly denied his own chance to take on the Auld Enemy, although watching the match the other night he was impressed by a doughty, battling performance by the current vintage.
"It was brilliant," he said. "It's a good advert for Scottish football, when you see how well they played against a top English team. It's a great fixture; everyone was desperate to watch the game."
The man who filled a place in Scotland's midfield on 18 occasions is now more concerned by the gaps in Kilmarnock's line-up, following a summer of reconstruction which left his side depleted for the first two games of the SPFL Premiership.
Thankfully, a solution to the problem appears to be in the making; two new players have already signed up and are ready to travel to St Mirren Park on Saturday, with another pair apparently on the cusp of arrival.
There were whispers that Jackson Irvine's strong performance in Celtic's 1-0 win over Liverpool last weekend might have given Neil Lennon pause to let the 20-year-old midfielder out of his clutches temporarily; but Irvine's taking the short drive down the M77 has, in the end, been deemed beneficial to all three parties. Sean Clohessy, the former Southend right-back who was named in the 2012/13 PFA League Two team of the year, has joined the Australian at the club.
"It was good to get a couple of new faces in," said Johnston. "Hopefully [Jackson] comes in and plays well. He can play either centre-half or centre midfield. Sean gives us another option at the back. He likes to get forward and get the ball into the box."
Deals for two other additions, Barry Nicholson, the former Rangers and Aberdeen playmaker, and Mark Stewart, the striker who was released by Dundee in the summer, are in the process of being finalised, and the pair should bring some much-needed top-flight experience to the squad.
"As long they can get clearance they should hopefully be available, maybe there'll be room for one more as well," he said. "It's not all tied up yet though; I don't want to tempt fate."