TARTAN-clad children across Inverclyde proved they could boogie yesterday as they watched Scotland's national team make history.

Football fever swept the area as youngsters in our schools backed the Scotland national team as we faced off against Czech Republic.

Mini Scotland fans - who weren't even born the last time we qualified for a major finals - got into the spirit at Craigmarloch School and Ardgowan Primary.

Youngsters in Craigmarloch junior and senior schools dressed for the occasion and even got to tuck into tasty pies during the half-time break at Hampden.

Meanwhile bonnie lassies and laddies at Ardgowan Primary on Newton Street were full of excitement as the Tele paid a pre-kick-off visit.

On hand to give the young people a day to remember Craigmarloch head teacher George Walker, who encouraged staff and pupils to get into the spirit of the game.

George, a keen football fan, told the Tele: "The whole school was so excited to be involved. It's been a good opportunity to do something fun after what's been a tough year.

"We've spent the last year telling children what they can't do, so this is something they actually can do and get involved with.

"They've been learning about the Euros at school assemblies and in class and we even had a local butcher send us a video about how the half-time pies are made.

"It's a really big moment and we're excited that the young people are getting to make memories in school."

The tournament is the first time the men's side have competed in a major finals since the World Cup in France back in 1998.

Two teams will ultimately make it all the way to the final at London's Wembley Stadium on July 11 and head teacher of Ardgowan Primary Emma Picken hopes Scotland will be one of them.

She said: "All of our young people got into the spirit and enjoyed wearing something with a Scottish theme.

"It's more than just football, it's about learning about different heritages and cultures.

"It's been lovely to celebrate and do something nice."