7 Nov

Scots Team To Debut At Athletics International

Eilish McColgan

For the first time in the event's history, a Scottish athletics team will compete at the Glasgow British Athletics International on 25 January 2014. The Scots team, which will go up against GB and USA teams, is expected to feature stars such as Eilidh Child, Lynsey Sharp and Eilish McColgan.

The teams haven't been selected yet but Nigel Holl, chief executive of Scottish Athletics, signalled his intent to attract the best athletes available: "There is a bit of discussion to go on that yet. All I will say is I back our director of coaching, Stephen Maguire, to go and make his case very strongly. And if I was the British selectors I'd be very worried about that.

"The reality is, if we're going to have a Scottish team, we need our best athletes competing for Scotland. Let's be honest, there are greater numbers of athletes elsewhere who can come together for a very strong Team GB. My view is clear. Eilidh Child likes running for Scotland. She wants to run for Scotland. She should run for Scotland in January. No issue."

Stephen Maguire added: "Clearly 2014 is a big year for the city and the Glasgow British Athletics international match will be the first time that supporters can see a Scottish team in action before the Commonwealth Games. This will not only form a part of the event's history, but it hopefully it will also show that Scotland has the strength to compete with some of the best athletes in the world."

Tickets for the event go on general today at 10am. To buy one, visit the British Athletics website.