Gary Anderson is gearing up for another weekend of top darts when he competes in the Unibet Masters at Edinburgh next month.
And the ‘Flying Scotsman’ is hoping that the home crowd will be able to cheer him on to victory.
Anderson, who has already won six events on the pro circuit this year, will line up alongside the other top 16 ranked players on the PDC tour at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston on November 2.
And he says that if he plays ‘the way he knows he can play,’ he is capable of lifting the title.
“At the start of this year I was only ranked 19,” he said, “which shows just how badly I had been playing over the previous two years.
“But I have had a good year, I have won six events on the tour, - and recently reached the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix - and now I am ranked number six, which shows just how much progress I have made.”
Anderson said that defeat to Michael Van Gerwen in the semi-finals of this year’s World Championship was ‘the kick up the backside’ he needed.
“That defeat hurt,” he said, “and I knew then I didn’t want that to happen again.
“Simce then I have gone back to practising and playing like I used to. I am only practising for a couple of hours a day and it seems to be working, because the quality of my darts is getting back to where it was a few years ago.
“Sometimes you can go on stage and play like a champion, other times it’s a struggle, but I know that if I play as well as I know I can, I can beat anyone on my day.
“My scoring has always been good, but some people, particularly the commentators, have picked up on the fact my doubles are not what they should be. But if you look back through the record books my percentage of doubles is as good as anyone at this level most of the time.
“The PDC is pretty tough these days, the top 128 are all very good players, so facing the top 16 at Edinburgh is going to be tough. But if the Scottish crowd gets behind me, which I am sure they will, it could make all the difference.”
“On the PDC tour we normally only play two Premier League events in Scotland, so it will be nice to go back for a third event as well.”
Anderson says that like every professional darts player his aim is to try and win the World Championship, but for the time being he is concentrating on his build-up to the Masters. “We’ll take it one event at a time,” he said.