runABC Scotland News

9 Aug

Following In Famous Footsteps

Christian Dailly

At just 16, Christian Dailly became the youngest player to represent Dundee United and several months later he repeated the feat for the Scotland national team. Now his daughter, Christy, is set to emulate her father in the athletics field as the 15-year-old has been called up to the Scotland Futures team to compete in the Celtic Games.

The event is for under-16 and under-18 athletes from Scotland, Wales and Ireland to compete against each other as well as representatives from other European countries in track and field events. Each home nation takes turns to host the event and this year it's Scotland's turn with the tournament taking place in Aberdeen Sports Village on 11 August.

Dailly is now an athletics coach - he's also a keen runner- but enjoyed a successful footballing career playing for teams such as Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Glasgow Rangers as well as representing Scotland at the World Cup. He is delighted at his daughter's call-up.

He said: "We learned of the selection by letter last week and we are absolutely delighted. I made my own international debut at 15 in football for the representative age group teams, so I know exactly how she is feeling. You get that real surge of pride and excitement. Even if nothing else ever happens to her in sport, she will have the knowledge that she was picked for a team. Christy has worked hard at her athletics and does a distances from 300m to 800m. I think she could do really well at 800 at some stage.'"

For a full timetable of the event visit the Scottish Athletics website