A large number of Scottish professional footballers have today insisted the reason that they won’t be in the GB Olympic team is definitely down to their own personal choice in the matter.
With national associations unhappy at the formation of a combined team for the one-off London 2012 event, players north of the border have taken matters into their own hands and taken themselves out of the running.
21 year-old midfielder Russell Blackie told us, “I’m not interested in playing for Great Britain at the Olympics, definitely not. I want to concentrate on becoming a first team regular in one of those teams that starts every season knowing third in the league is the best they can possibly do.”
“I don’t care how much Harry Redknapp or whoever wants me to play in that team, or how many times they call the mobile number I’m handing to you right now – I will be saying no them.”
“In person, when you get them to call me.”
Football’s Team GB
Football experts are already predicting that the Olympic team will essentially be made up of the desperately disappointing England U21 side, plus those two Welsh lads and David Beckham.
“I don’t want to be part of it either,” said young Northern Irish midfielder Derek McIlroy.
“I’m sure I could bring a lot to the team, if they were to take a look at me. But no, I will not make myself available for that side. Why? Are they interested in me?”
Current Scotland U21 captain Paul Hanlon had the final word, telling us, “I only want to win stuff as Scotland, not Great Britain, like all the Scottish athletes will do at the Olympics – you know, celebrating under the Scottish flag like Chris Hoy did in 2008.”