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Glasgow 2014 ‘could be catalyst for Euro 2024 bid’

Hampden Park could be used in the bid. Picture: Greg Macvean

Hampden Park could be used in the bid. Picture: Greg Macvean

  • by SCOTT MACNAB
 

THE success of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games could be the catalyst for a Scottish bid to host the Euro 2024 football championships, Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said.

The city has proved it is capable of holding a major international sporting events, according to the Glasgow MSP.

Ms Davidson added: “Glasgow 2014 has been sensational - let’s build on our success to land other major sports tournaments and show the world what Scotland can do.”

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The Tories have set out a number of suggestions which could make the bid for the 24-team tournament feasible. This includes focussing the contest on Celtic Park, Hampden, Ibrox and Murrayfield, while upgrading smaller stadia in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee and Kilmarnock. Some matches could also be staged in the north of England.

Glasgow is already bidding to be one of the host cities in the 2020 European championships which will be staged in a unique 60th anniversary touring format in cities across 13 different countries.

Ms Davidson added: “If the format reverts to the usual process in 2024, we know from the last 10 days or so that Scotland is more than capable of being a superb host.

“Scotland’s are the best fans in the world, a fact acknowledged globally, and are deserving of an event like this on their doorstep.

“We’ve already got four world-class grounds in Glasgow and Edinburgh, with the opportunity of expanding several more across the country – not uncommon for a major football tournament.”

Matches could be staged across the border in the North of England with Newcastle and Sunderland staging matches, he added.

Scotland lost out in a joint-bid with Ireland to stage the 2008 European Championships.

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