FORMER Kelburne star Niall Stott has been left with Olympic heartache after he was dropped from Team GB’s squad for the London Games.
Frontman Stott had been the only Scot in the Great Britain training squad but failed to nail down a place in the final 16-man group that will be competing later this summer.
GB head coach Jason Lee has named an all-English side and the London squad is the first since the 1996 Atlanta without a single representative from north of the border.
In December, Stott – who now stars for East Grinstead down south – played a key role for the Great Britain men’s team during the FIH Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 31-year-old produced a series of dazzling displays as the Brits hoisted themselves to sixth spot overall.
And he had hoped that his performances in the southern hemisphere would book him a place on the flight to London.
But despite having now passed the 200-appearance mark for both Great Britain and Scotland, he will now have to face up to the fact he is not needed.
Stott, who enjoyed league, Scottish Cup and European success during his time with Kelburne, also represented Great Britain during the Athens Olympics in 2004, playing in every GB game.
But the veteran star could be facing up to the end of his GB career.
While Stott is not among their number, Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt insists the squad will be looking to claim a medal when the action gets start in August.
He said: “I’m delighted to welcome such a talented and experienced group of men’s hockey players to Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics.
“The consistent progress that the squad has achieved since the last Olympic Games is really impressive and they now have a fantastic opportunity to contend for a medal at the Riverbank Arena this summer.
“Under Jason Lee’s leadership, the squad have developed a very fast, skilful and exciting brand of hockey, which has thrilled crowds and earned plaudits around the world over the last few years.
“We will continue to give Jason and his squad our full support in the vital final weeks prior to the Games to ensure they have every opportunity to perform to their potential.”