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Olympian Farah says Scots should get behind him at Glasgow 2014

MO FARAH has told Scottish athletics fans not to expect his famous 'Mobot' celebration if he wins gold at Hampden this summer.

MOBOT: Mo Farah says he will be shelving his celebration from London 2012. 'You've got to come up with something new,' he says. 'Maybe a Scottish dance.'
MOBOT: Mo Farah says he will be shelving his celebration from London 2012. 'You've got to come up with something new,' he says. 'Maybe a Scottish dance.'

Instead, he is going to work on a Highland jig.

The double Olympic and world champion will be here next week to represent Great Britain in the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix, before returning a fortnight later to run for England in the Commonwealth Games.

As he will have no serious Scottish rival in either the two-mile event on July 12 or the 5000 or 10,000 metres at Glasgow 2014 he is hoping to receive uequivocal support from what he expects will be a "loud" home crowd at the national football stadium.

In return, his fans can expect a new trademark gesture, the charismatic 31-year-old said.

And asked if he would treat fans at Hampden to the Mobot with which he celebrated both his gold medals at the London Olympics, Farah, 31, said: "No, it's been done already. You've got to come up with something new. Maybe a Scottish dance."

Farah, speaking in a conference call to promote next week's Diamond League event - the most prestigious and lucrative athletics meeting ever to take place in Scotland - explained why he performed a U-turn to make the Commonwealth Games the centrepiece of his summer having previously said it wasn't one of his season's goals..

"I haven't won the Commonwealth gold, so it would be nice to do well, of course," he said. "But what really excites me is competing in Britain as the crowd always gets behind me.

"If the Commonwealth Games were somewhere else, it would be different.

"I want to do the Commonwealths because they're at home, because they're in Glasgow. That should be exciting."

Farah admitted he was not aware of the political significance of English and Scottish athletes facing each other in Glasgow this year, declaring that he had never taken an interest in politics.

He said that the likelihood of receiving the kind of adulation he experienced in London two summers ago was one of the main reasons he changed his view about competing at Glasgow 2014.

"I don't think, in my career, I will ever feel that moment again. The Olympics only come around every four years - and to have it right on my doorstep, with the home crowd, 75,000 people cheering my name, that'll never be the same again," he said.

"But, at the same time, when I race at home, I try to get similar support. Hopefully the crowd in Glasgow can carry me to the line - and that's what I'll definitely need. I hear that Scottish people are loud.

"When it comes to athletics, we tend to come together as the UK. Even though I'm going to be competing for England, I think the Scottish people will still be behind me. I'm British and we get behind our athletes."

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