Olympic approach for eleven Scottish women

Eleven Scottish women have been officially approached about the possibility of representing Team GB at next year's Olympics.

Gemma Fay, Rhonda Jones, Megan Sneddon and Suzanne Grant all play for Celtic.

Meanwhile, Glasgow City's Emma Fernon, Jane Ross, Jo Love, Christie Murray, Lisa Evans, Leanne Ross and Rachel Corsie have also been approached.

Both clubs have said the decision to participate in Team GB will be entirely left to the individual players.

The Scottish Football Association, like its counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland, has repeatedly expressed opposition to its players competing amid fears over the national team's independence.

When all of the players' responses have been received, GB coach Hope Powell will then compile a shortlist of players in March and announce her final squad in July.

And Scotland's most-capped woman, Julie Fleeting, has spoken out against Olympic participation.

Fleeting's Scotland and Arsenal team-mate Kim Little has, however, said she would play for Team GB, if asked.

"Celtic will be delighted for our women's team players to take part," read a statement on the Celtic website  .

"And we are sure it will be a great honour for them should they elect to take part. Ultimately, this would be a decision for those players concerned."

The announcement from Celtic follows the news that Scott Brown, James Forrest and Adam Matthews have been contacted about the possibility of playing for the men's team at London 2012.