Murray Deserves Fans' Plaudits

Scotland captain Chris Paterson today urged Scotland supporters to pay homage to his team-mate Scott Murray who will equal the Scottish cap record total when Italy visit Murrayfield in the RBS 6 Nations Championship on Saturday.

Murray, first capped against Australia in 1997, wins his 82nd cap against the Azzurri. "He gives absolutely everything for his country," declared Paterson. "He's been involved with the international squad since 1996 and he just keeps getting better and better."

Scotland captain Chris Paterson today urged Scotland supporters to pay homage to his team-mate Scott Murray who will equal the Scottish cap record total when Italy visit Murrayfield in the RBS 6 Nations Championship on Saturday.

Murray, first capped against Australia in 1997, wins his 82nd cap against the Azzurri. “He gives absolutely everything for his country," declared Paterson. "He's been involved with the international squad since 1996 and he just keeps getting better and better."

Asked if he would allow lock forward Murray to lead out the team on Saturday, Paterson said he would have no hesitation should Murray wish to do so. “It would give the fans a golden opportunity to show their appreciation of everything Scotty has done," he said.

Paterson was speaking as the clamour for tickets for the match continued to grow. Supporters are being urged to buy tickets now.

Paterson said the players appreciated the level of support - more than 47,000 tickets have now been sold - and expressed hope that a record for the fixture would be established.

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