http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3965005.stm Denial over Scots Guards 'move' The Scots Guards are due in Iraq on Friday Downing Street has said there are "no plans" for a second Scottish army regiment to be sent to help out US forces near Baghdad. Speculation had grown that the Scots Guards could take over when the Black Watch returns home for Christmas. The guards are due to arrive for duty in Basra on Friday. The deployment had been planned before the Black Watch was ordered north to help out in the so called "triangle of death" in southern Baghdad. The Scots Guards are seen as the most likely to fill in behind the Black Watch, if British assistance continues to be sought by America. They are part of a battle group known as the 4th Armoured Brigade - which is made up of 4,000 soldiers. End of tour About 1,400 of them have been training for the Iraq deployment in Munster, Germany, whilst another 2,000 have been preparing in Osnabruck. Nearly 600 troops have been sent from Britain. The deployment started earlier this week, and will be completed on Friday. As part of the 4th Armoured Brigade, they are taking over from the 1st Mechanised Brigade which has completed a six month tour of duty in the south of Iraq. Some 850 troops are being redeployed south of Baghdad Tim Reid, BBC Scotland Westminster reporter, said that a move for the Scots Guards on towards Baghdad was feasible. He said "The Scots Guards could take over in the US sector south of Baghdad, when the Black Watch returns home before Christmas. "Although army sources describe that move as speculation, the regiment is seen as the most likely to fill in behind the Black Watch, if British assistance continues to be sought by the Americans." Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence has dismissed as "untrue" speculation that a further Scottish regiment - the Royal Scots - could fill in behind the Scots Guards and the Black Watch. Army sources have told the BBC that the Royal Scots are light-role infantry who are more used to driving small vehicles and doing foot manoeuvres, and not wearing heavy armour and driving tanks.