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By ESPN Staff

Scots to assess 2016 bid prospects

First Minister Alex Salmond has announced that a feasibility study will be carried out to examine whether Scotland could bid to host the 2016 European Championships.

Salmond told The Scotsman that initial discussions had taken place with the Scottish Football Association but these were only exploratory.

Scotland would require new or significantly upgraded new stadia to meet UEFA's requirements for the tournament, and if the number of teams involved rises from the current 16 that could pose difficulties.

A joint bid with the Republic of Ireland to stage Euro 2008 failed, and Salmond has previously stressed that any push to stage Euro 2016 should see Scotland look to stage the tournament independently.

Salmond said: 'I talked about this with the SFA and we will have a feasibility study.

'There are a number of factors which have to be taken into account, not the least of which is the number of teams which will be in the tournament.

'But we will have a feasibility study looking at that relationship of that tournament with other possible bids for various events (such as) UEFA cup finals.'