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Andy Murray makes me so proud to be Scottish | Kevin McKenna

The Team GB flag-bearer honours us all whenever he plays

The Scots like their sporting heroes to be edgy and unpredictable. We appreciate their brilliance and their hard work and that they have given up a large portion of their lives in pursuit of excellence. But it helps, too, if there are little flaws and kinks in their characters or in their conduct because, in those moments when their demons are in the ascendancy, they seem that much closer to us.

Benny Lynch, perhaps the greatest boxer that Scotland has ever produced, set the template for the Scottish tormented genius. The little Gorbals-born fighter died tragically early at the age of 33, a year after the end of the Second World War, but not before he had conquered the world.

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