SCOTTISH football's governing body has come under fire after it emerged that only the Scotland and Israel flag will be allowed when the two nations compete at Hampden Park in a crucial Nations League game.

The Scottish FA has warned that other flags will not be allowed with fans being told to avoid taking any other banners with them.

Some fans voiced concerns that meant no Lion Rampant, no Palestinian flags, and no Union Jacks.

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The banner guidelines were first announced on social media with SFA stating: “Flags: Fans wishing to bring flags to the match should note that only flags of the two competing nations will be permitted into the stadium.”

But there was a backlash to the announcement.

One fan said: "The SFA are out of control. Forcing their own politics on the Scotland support by attaching poppies to our strips against England and now banning people from flying perfectly legal and inoffensive flags."

Another said: "I’ll be bringing my Palestine flag you fools."

In September, it emerged that a Police Scotland list of flags which could be a criminal offence to display included the Israeli and Palestinian flags – but not the Union Jack or Saltire.

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Police Scotland’s list of flags which are potentially criminal to display contains short descriptions of the significance of each flag and references armed struggles and the perceived links to sectarianism.

The Israeli flag is flown by loyalists who “align themselves with Israel due to British support for the state,” according to the document.

Similarly, republicans fly the Palestinian, Basque and Catalan flags to underline “their own desire for independence from Britain”.

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Celtic received a £8615 fine from UEFA two years ago over a display of Palestinian flags by fans during matches at Parkhead.

If Scotland win on Tuesday, they will qualify for the Group C play-offs and will be promoted to League B.  It will also mean that they will be guaranteed a Euro 2020 play-off spot.

Israel have only ever played at Scotland's National Stadium once which was back in 1981. The game was a World Cup qualifier in which two John Robertson penalties and a Davie Provan goal claimed the win for Scotland. 

The SFA have been approached for comment.