SCOTTISH athletes are being trained to "manage anxiety" in order to achieve a best-ever medal haul in front of a home crowd.

Team Scotland won 33 medals the last time the Commonwealth Games were held in the country - in Edinburgh in 1986.

Athletes are finalising their preparations and there are sports psychology sessions available to help the 310-strong team handle the pressure of performing in front of expectant crowds.

Sportscotland performance director Mike Whittingham said: "One area we are focusing on is managing anxiety - a while back, we recognised that home soil games bring challenges, so over the last few years we have looked at best practice around the world so that we can then help our athletes cope better."