Costa Rica claim they are talking to Scotland about playing a friendly next year in what would be a reprisal of one of Scottish football's darkest days.

The Scots are expected to be playing Northern Ireland at Hampden in March before their home Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar. But they have another friendly date to fill in June before the all-important trip to Dublin to play Ireland, and Costa Rica have suggested they might be the opposition for Gordon Strachan's side.

Rafael Vargas, general secretary of the Costa Rica FA, said: "We have two friendly dates to play in March and June. "Scotland, Paraguay, China, Saudi Arabia and Peru are all in discussions about a game.

"Our good performance in Brazil have made us an attractive proposition to play. We are talking about either playing in Costa Rica or outside the country."

The Central American nation had a superb World Cup in Brazil and reached the quarter-final before losing out on penalties to Holland. But the name still strikes fear into the Tartan Army after the 1990 World Cup upset in Genoa.

Bora Milutonivic's side were supposedly no-hopers in their first-ever World Cup match against Andy Roxburgh's Scots. But Juan Arnaldo Cayasso netted the only goal of the game.

Costa Rica went on to beat Sweden, as Scotland did, and qualify for the last 16 where Czechoslovakia crushed them 4-1.

Scotland's Under 15s, meanwhile, will play in a glamour tournament in Qatar in February after an invite by the World Cup 2022 hosts.

The young Scots will travel to the Gulf State next year to play two friendlies against the hosts and South American cracks Chile.

The squad will include the first intake of the SFA's Performance Schools players. SFA youth coach Scot Gemmill will manage the team and Neil Mackintosh, performance schools manager, will assist the former Everton star in Doha.

The young Scots have been invited on the trip by the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Qatar.