Scots given incentive to qualify for finals

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Craig Brown's Scotland players have a £400,000 incentive to reach the World Cup finals. The Scottish Football Association have agreed to split that sum between the squad if they qualify for Japan and Korea 2002.

Craig Brown's Scotland players have a £400,000 incentive to reach the World Cup finals. The Scottish Football Association have agreed to split that sum between the squad if they qualify for Japan and Korea 2002.

Player bonus payments for the finals have also been fixed should the Scots hold off Belgium and Croatia and go through from Group Six. Each player would get at least £15,000 for appearing in the finals - and £78,000 should they go on to win the competition.

The £400,000 will be split among the players according to the number of appearances each has made. Added to that is a £300 match fee plus an additional £300 for every point won during qualification. So far the Scots have seven points from six games and top the group.

Meanwhile, the winners of this year's Scottish Cup are to be handed a replica trophy, which they will keep for a year, after it was decided that the original silverware is to be permanently housed in a new museum at Hampden Park.

The SFA have made the decision that the 127-year-old trophy, the oldest in the world, is too valuable to be risked in post-match celebrations.

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