SCOTRAIL has called on fans to “plan ahead” for Wednesday’s Ukraine vs Scotland World Cup play-off match after a third of services were cut as part of a new temporary timetable.

The operator is facing a driver shortage amid a pay dispute leading to staff refusing to work on rest days – which has resulted in hundreds of services being axed to offer customers more “certainty”.

It was announced on Monday that some additional rail services will be laid on ahead of the decisive game at Hampden, but fans will be unlikely to travel outside of Glasgow after the match.

While there will be additional services between Glasgow and Mount Florida – the station nearest the national stadium – final services to most of Scotland’s major cities will leave before the game even kicks off.

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The latest service will be to Edinburgh, due to depart Glasgow Queen Street station at 10.15pm, making it highly unlikely fans will be able to make the train.

The final train to both Aberdeen and Dundee will leave Glasgow at 7.45pm – according to the ScotRail app – while the latest anyone can return to Dumfries would be 7.07pm.

Those hoping to head back to Inverness will be unable to do so after 7.07pm and those hoping to return to Perth will need to make the 7.37pm service.

Phil Campbell, the head of customer operations at ScotRail, urged supporters going to the game to plan their journeys ahead of time.

“We know this is a massive match for the Scottish national team and we are looking forward to helping supporters travel to Hampden to play their part in the occasion,” he said.

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“It’s also an honour to welcome Ukraine fans to Glasgow.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to support fans travelling to the game by adding additional services where we can and more seats to trains where possible.

“The temporary timetable will still be in place, so it is important that fans plan ahead to make sure they are aware of their options for both getting into the city, and for completing their journey home.”

A win on Wednesday would see Steve Clarke’s team advance to the World Cup qualifier play-off final against Wales, just one step away from booking their place to Qatar later this year.