The Commonwealth Games is often referred to as the 'friendly games', but for English athletes it could be anything but that.
English athletes have been briefed on what they should do if they are booed and heckled amid fears that Scottish nationalists could target them, according to reports.
A 'Games insider' told the Daily Telegraph that a "small number" of English athletes had spoken of their anxiety about potential booing and have taken advice on how to respond.
Team England is believed to be advising athletes not to react to any abuse with general guidance expected to be issued as part of a team briefing prior to the Games.
A spokesman for Team England told the Telegraph: “If it happens I’m sure the athletes will all just carry on. Some sports are more adversarial than others.
“We were all at Hampden Park for the Glasgow Grand Prix athletics meeting at the weekend and the welcome could not have been better.
“Going on the evidence of the Hampden Park meeting, the Scottish athletes will get the biggest cheer, followed by the other home nations athletes and then the athletes from other countries.”
A clearer picture will be given when the English athletes, including stars such as Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, are 'welcomed' at the parade during the opening ceremony at Celtic Park on July 23.
Games organisers have reportedly insisted that English athletes have nothing to fear and will be given a welcome second only in warmth to the one received by the Scots.
Members of the Team England delegation have been in Glasgow this week to greet their Scottish hosts ahead of the Games, which runs from July 23 to August 3.
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