The Scottish Football Association have been in talks over plans to launch a bid to host the European Championships in 2016. David Taylor, general secretary of UEFA, has revealed to The Herald that UEFA will discuss the bidding process later this month and invite submissions early in the New Year.

A source at the SFA confirmed that there have been "tentative" talks with Northern Ireland and Wales over co-hosting the tournament. The Welsh have indicated they are willing to investigate the possibility of a joint bid and further talks will be held when the International Football Association Board meets in Belfast in February.

There is also a political will behind any effort to bring the finals to Scotland. The Scottish Government is keen to help bring football`s second biggest finals on to a roster that includes the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

The Herald