Gilmour is ready for the pressure of a home Games

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Bothwell badminton star Kirsty Gilmour says she will revel as a medal favourite in front of a home crowd at the Commonwealth Games.

Gilmour is seeded second in the women’s singles and will also partner Imogen Bankier in the women’s doubles.

This is the second time she has represented Scotland at the Games, having been part of the squad who went to Delhi in 2010.

Gilmour said: “Things have been going really well. I’ve just got back from trips to Asia and then France and now it’s a few weeks training and on to the Games.

“It’s strange that it is nearly here. The Twitter countdown is constantly reminding me how close it is so I’m getting very excited.

“Last time there were no expectations on my shoulders, I was literally there to gain experience and play the games in place of Susan Egelstaff to save her legs.

“This time the tables have definitely turned, I’ll be seeded and very much in medal contention.

“I think this is a great scenario to be in having all this expectation and so much encouragement.

“When I was in Delhi I played an Indian girl in front of an Indian crowd so there was no encouragement, I could here the odd Scottish voice in the crowd, but this time I’m hoping to use the crowd positively rather than negatively.”

While the singles is Gilmour’s focus, she sees no reason why she and Bankier can’t challenge in the doubles.

She said: “Unfortunately we aren’t seeded in the doubles. We started as a pair a bit late and Imogen snapped a tendon in her ankle so our first three tournaments this year weren’t great.

“However, there are no stand out pairs so everyone has a good chance and we aren’t ruling out doing well.”

While hopeful of having a medal around her neck at the end, Gilmour says she really wants to enjoy the experience.

She said: “I think the most important thing I learned from Imogen’s experiences at the Olympics is just to really enjoy it.

“I remember having the best two and half weeks of my life in Delhi, I don’t remember the badminton, but the whole experience was brilliant so in Glasgow I’ll be aiming to avoid succumbing to the pressure and making sure to enjoy the experience.

“I’m not going to go out and blow everyone away as the competition is too fierce, but a medal certainly isn’t out of reach.”