If Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong made an appearance in last night’s friendly against Norway. When that time comes, he will become the 25th player from Tannadice to represent the Scots at full international level.
The first was Tangerines legend Dave Narey back in 1977 the 24th flying winger Gary Mackay-Steven who was a late substitute in Friday’s goalless Hampden draw with USA.
And injury to Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew in that game saw U/21 captain Armstrong added to the party that flew out to Scandinavia.
Whenhe gets his first cap, it will be a landmark appearance for United.
We look back at some of the names who’ve earned a dark blue shirt for their performances in Tangerine.
The man who’s just become assistant manager at Hibs is down in the record books as United’s most-capped Scotland international.
The championship-winning left-back made a total of 55 appearances for his country, playing in the World Cups in Mexico 1986 and Italy four years later.
He was also part of the team that took part in the 1992 Euro finals and, during his time in dark blue, earned plaudits for the way he handled stars like Ruud Gullit, Paulo Futre and one-time world’s most expensive player Gianluigi Lentini.
United proudly flew the St Andrew’s cross over Tannadice on the day the elegant defender made his Scotland debut against Sweden on April 27, 1977.
Narey would go on to win a total of 35 caps for his country, scoring one goal that is remembered to this day.
It came as his “toe poke” from the edge of the area gave Scotland an early lead against Brazil in the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
The captain of United’s greatest-ever team was arguably unlucky not to make more than eight Scotland appearances, though the strength of depth in central defence during his era explains why.
Notably, “Heggie” did play in the same line-up as Dave Narey when the Scots turned out in a friendly against World Champions Argentina at Hampden in early June 1979.
That game is remembered for the appearance of a young Argentine sensation by the name of Diego Maradona.
Still only 17, he scored a solo effort in that clash that was not unlike one of his famous double against England in 1986.
There’s room for debate about his being a Dundee United player when he broke back into the Scotland set-up, seeing as Rangers remained his permanent employers at the time.
His season-long loan at Tannadice in 2009/10, however, saw him skipper the side to the Scottish Cup and it seems churlish not to class him a Tangerine when his United form earned an appearance against the Czech Republic after his old club boss Craig Levein took charge of the national team.
The much-loved but controversial striker’s first international appearance came against the USA in May 1992 and at a time when great things were expected from him.
In the end, “Big Dunc” would make just seven Scotland appearances over the next five years or so and did not find the back of the net on a single occasion.
A fall out with the SFA over off-field disciplinary matters saw him quit the national team and what should have been one of the great Scotland careers ended as a what-might-have-been.