The Saltire will not be making an appearance at this year’s World Cup – but there’s plenty of adopted Dundonians who will be waving the flags of their home nations when the tournament kicks off today.
Despite Scotland’s failure to make it the finals, the city has arguably never had more people with an interest in proceedings over in Russia.
There are 32 nations hoping to claim football’s greatest prize. Citizens from several of those countries – including Nigeria, Tunisia and tournament hosts Russia – now call the City of Discovery home.
With Dundee’s reputation as a truly global city continuing to grow, the Tele spoke to some residents with reason to get excited about the footie.
Among them was Mobolaji Adeniyi, owner the Gidi Grill at City Quay.
The 40-year-old Nigerian is hoping his home nation can make it beyond the group stages.
“I have no idea how we will get on but if we make it to the second round, I will be happy,” he said.
“My wife Eniola is a bigger fan than I am so she too will be cheering on Nigeria.
“It’s great that we have qualified and I’m looking forward to following the tournament.”
Meanwhile Tatiana Gray, 50, who works at the Russian School in Dundee, will be paying a visit to her native Russia during the tournament and is hopeful of getting a ticket to a match.
Tatiana, mum to 11-year-old Julia, said: “I am pretty patriotic and I am keen to watch how Russia get on.
“I will follow the World Cup with my daughter Julia on television. However, we are travelling to Moscow in July and I’m in touch with a friend there to see if it will be possible to go to a match.”
Slim Blidi, from Tunisia, a post-graduate researcher in the food and drink division at Abertay University, gave a clinical analysis of his country’s chances.
“Being in the same group with Belgium and England minimizes our chances of qualifying to the second round,” he said.
“I strongly hope that we’ll take our revenge against England, who beat us in 1998 in France.
“That would be the fairytale of this competition.”
Frenchman Thierry Haddanou, 65, who owns the Montmartre Cafe in the Perth Road, has high hopes for Les Bleus.
He said: “We won the World Cup in 1998 and I’d like to see us get at least as far as the quarter finals this time round.
“We will need to see how it goes but I’m hopeful we’ll do well.”
Restaurant manager Damian Radziun 24, from Poland, is even more sure that his team can go far.
Originally from Gdansk, Damian reckons Poland could even make it as far as the semi-finals.
He said: “I’ll be dipping in and out of watching matches when I can and I will definitely be supporting my home team.
“It’s great they have made it this far.”
Meanwhile Englishman Ian Morrison remained typically diplomatic.
Originally from Liverpool, Ian – who is the chairman of Tayview Primary School parent council – has lived in Dundee for the past 28 years.
He said: “I normally support Scotland – but as they’re not in it, looks like I’ll be cheering on England.”