DOUGLAS Ross has said the World Cup final could be played at Hampden Park as part of a future joint-UK bid for the tournament.

The Scottish Tory leader was speaking after the SFA confirmed yesterday it was planning to let around 12,000 fans enter the National Stadium when the Scotland men’s team take part in this summer’s delayed European Championships.

Hampden has hosted several major European finals in the past – including two memorable Real Madrid victories – but this year will be the first time it welcomes international teams for such a prestigious tournament.

Speculation has mounted that England may bid to host the World Cup in 2030 and a joint bid involving Wales and Scotland has also been rumoured.

Speaking to journalists yesterday, the Scottish Tory leader was asked if he thought the World Cup could one day be played in Glasgow. He said: “It is an opportunity. Hampden has hosted the Champions League final – I went to that with my dad. Massimo Busacca was the referee.

“That’s what I remember about it. He’s now one of the heads of FIFA refereeing.”