Kick off Scots bid for Euro 2024

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The splendid atmosphere at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games should not blind us to the fact that football tournaments can have a very different complexion. Nevertheless, we should applaud the vision of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and former first minister Henry McLeish (your report, 2 August). The prospect of Scotland hosting the Euro 2024 football championships should be seen as realistic. A
24-team competition can surely be held over eight stadia (three in Glasgow, two in Edinburgh, one each in Aberdeen, Newcastle and Sunderland).

Inevitably, there will be protests that investment in new stadia cannot be justified when other infrastructure projects in education, housing and roads are needed desperately. There will be those who argue that a Scottish bid should not have to rely on the use of two facilities south of the Border.

Both can be countered by the argument that extra investment in sport could benefit all those services: a mature nation, independent or otherwise, ought to be able to show that it can co-operate with its near neighbours to host spectacles that are bound to have so much local support.

SportScotland and the 
Holyrood government should already be thinking about how Ms Davidson’s ideas can be brought to fruition.

Bob Taylor

Shiel Court
Glenrothes, Fife

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