LISTEN: Glasgow Launches Euro 2020 Bid

LISTEN: Glasgow Launches Euro 2020 Bid

The SFA's launched a bid to host Euro 2020, just a day before the deadline.

Uefa's continental championship will be staged in 13 different host cities, with Glasgow put forward to be one of them.

The winners will be announced in September.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson's been speaking to our reporter Connor Gillies:

Campbell Ogilvie, Scottish FA President: “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts in producing what I consider to be a first-class bid document that extols the many virtues of Scottish football, Glasgow and, of course, the National Stadium, Hampden Park.

“The National Stadium has played host to some of the greatest players and greatest games of all-time. Indeed, Scottish football and Hampden Park are synonymous with excellence on the European stage: from Celtic becoming the first British winners of the European Cup in 1967, Rangers winning the European Cup-winners’ Cup in 1972 and Aberdeen doing likewise more than a decade later. 

“With the stadium demonstrating its versatility as the host venue for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games I am sure the whole country – and indeed football fans across Europe – would be thrilled by the prospect of the Hampden Roar providing its unique soundtrack to the European Championships in 2020. Of course, it would be equally special if the national team qualified for what will be a very special anniversary tournament, staged in 13 cities.”

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners Rights has also been talking to Connor:

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland: “Scotland is the perfect stage for major events and our bid for Euro 2020 highlights the ambition we have to host the biggest properties in world sport. The exciting, multi-city concept for the European Championships would showcase Glasgow and Scotland to a huge global audience, while driving economic benefits through spectator spend. We have a strong reputation as a major events destination, built on years of experience, which we will demonstrate throughout the bidding process.”

Here's Stewart Regan, Chief Executive of the SFA: