Football fans are set to pack out Dumfries pubs tonight for the vital England v Scotland match with hardly a bar seat left to be booked.

Tartan Army supporters have claimed prized places throughout the town and at The Crichton 300 punters are expected for the Auld Enemy clash which is being screened in the open air Summer Garden.

The football fixture has been booked solid for weeks and organisers, Retro Productions, have a waiting list of 180.

Seats were sold out at Deja Vu several weeks ago while the newly reopened Ship Inn is also fully booked for this evening’s Group D tussle, which is a must-win match for Scotland.

And the Granary is opening upstairs at its venue to accommodate the legions of punters.

Assistant manager, Caroline Best, said: “We have been booked for ages and the limit is 150, although we have a waiting list of 20 or more should there be any cancellations.”

But one venue which can still squeeze in thirsty punters is The Stag.

Boss John Maxwell said: “We will be able to take people in for the game.

“And I will buy everyone in the pub a pint if the former Queen of the South player Lyndon Dykes scores.

“People must book and they can do that by phoning 01387 252739.”

Meanwhile, Retro Productions’ co-director Sandy Sweetman said: “We have a waiting list for 30 or more tables, which take six people, but we cannot squeeze anyone else in unless there is a late cancellation. It’s just mad.”

The outside event had almost 300 supporters turn up despite blustery conditions for Scotland’s opener on Monday this week against the Czech Republic.

And fans kicked every ball as the national team struggled to cope before slumping to a 2-0 defeat at Hampden.

Mr Sweetman added: “The guys stayed on for the next game between Poland and Slovakia, so they really made a day of it considering the gates opened at 12.30pm.”

Punters order drinks from an app on their phones to avoid queues building up at the bar and to cope with Covid-19 distancing regulations.