Euan Burton proud to sign off wrapped in the Saltire

Euan Burton at the Ratho training centre
Euan Burton at the Ratho training centre
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Euan Burton has been Britain’s No.1 judoka for a decade, but he admits nothing will make him prouder than ending his career representing Scotland.

The 35-year-old was born in Ascot, Berkshire, but raised in Edinburgh, and Glasgow 2014 will be the first time he has ever pulled on robes bearing the Saltire.

The former World Championships bronze medallist hopes to bring down the curtain on his career with a first-ever Commonwealth Games prize. He said: “I have never represented Scotland as a senior. I only competed for Team GB.

“The last time I had the chance to compete for Scotland in judo was in Manchester at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and I just missed out to Graeme Randall. I was his training partner and he went on to win it, so I had no complaints.

“If this had been another Team GB event I probably wouldn’t have been going for it but because It’s an opportunity to finish my career competing for Scotland and hopefully add to my medal tally, it was something I wanted to grasp.”