THE Scottish rider John Paul faces an uncertain future after being dropped from the British Cycling Academy Programme ahead of next summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 2011 junior world sprint and double European junior champion was not among the roster of Olympic and Paralympic cyclists granted funding for the coming year.

British Cycling confirmed the rider had left the programme after failing to meet performance targets.

It is likely the 20-year-old will leave Manchester and return to Scotland to evaluate his options. Scottish Cycling are said to be working closely with the rider to draw up a revised training plan.

Shane Sutton, British Cycling performance manager, said: "John Paul has left the British Cycling Academy Programme as he didn't reach the performance targets set out for him. The door is not closed for John to return to the programme in the future, and we wish him well with his cycling career."

The rider, from Lybster, Caithness, has been widely tipped within cycling circles as one of Scotland's leading hopes for the Commonwealth Games. As recently as October, Sir Chris Hoy, who retired from the sport this month, spoke of the youngster as a future star.

Paul, who rides for City of Edinburgh RC, has built a promising palmares that includes the 2012 Scottish national sprint and keirin titles. He first caught the eye of British Cycling at under-14 level and was accepted on to the Olympic Talent Team in 2007. He then progressed to the Olympic Development Programme for track sprint two years later and joined the Olympic Academy in 2011.

Paul, travelling home from a trip to Trinidad yesterday, was unavailable for comment.

Scottish Cycling's newly appointed head of perfor-mance, Gary Coltman, said: "Currently, our performance coaches are working hard with a pool of talented cyclists with the aim to select the most competitive Scottish team possible. Our coaches will continue to work with these riders throughout the selection period, providing them with the training and support to meet the selection criteria. John Paul is very much a part of that process."

A total of 11 Scottish riders were named among the Olympic and Paralympic roster for 2013. They include 2012 British national sprint champion Callum Skinner, endurance riders Ross Edgar and Andy Fenn, paralympic squad members Aileen McGlynn, Neil Fachie, Karen Darke, Fiona Duncan and tandem pilot Craig MacLean.

Mountain biker Kenta Gallagher has been elevated to the Olympic podium pro-gramme looking ahead to Rio in 2016, with Grant Fer-guson and British and Scottish youth cross-country and mountain bike champion Lucy Grant also named.