GARY ANDERSON is ready to sheik up the World Series in style – and then win his first major title on home soil.
Ando, who relinquished his Premier League crown a week ago, kicks off his World Series bid in Dubai tonight against Raymond van Barneveld.
The first PDC World Series of Darts tournament of 2016 sees eight top stars lining up in the unique open-air setting of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.
Throughout the year it then goes onto Auckland, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney, Perth before concluding in Braehead in November.
World champ Ando reckons he has the world in his hands as he takes on RVB. He said: “This is the beginning of a journey which I dream of ending in style in Scotland.
“The concept of the World Series has built and built with the success of the game and we are now very fortunate to go to some incredible places.
“Seeing the cultures and areas of the world which we are being taken to is quite something.
“I know I’m a lucky guy to get the chance to go to these places playing darts and I appreciate it.
“For example, I went to Japan last year and it has to be the most amazing place I have ever been to in terms of the people.
“Never in my life have I met a nicer group of people.
“They couldn’t do enough for you, everyone was so polite, it was a real joy to be there.
“Same in Dubai, where we are now. Same in Australia where we’ll go, and China this year.
“There’s barely a corner of the globe where we won’t be at some point this year, yet the carrot at the end of it all is the fact the whole thing comes to a head in Glasgow.
“In my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to win two World Championship titles and that is something I will treasure.”
The dream for Ando, who has a patchy record of playing in front of his home fans in the Premier League in Glasgow, is to land the major in front of his adoring Dartan Army.
He added: “I’ve won Premier Leagues, I’ve won big titles, I’ve won individual matches in Scotland during the Premier League and other tournaments.
“But I haven’t been able to win a big-one in Scotland so far and that is a box which I desperately want to tick in my career.
“The support I get from Scotland means the world to me, I’m proudly Scottish and I’d do anything to finish this around the world adventure by picking up the trophy at the end of it all on my own patch.”
Quarter-Finals, ITV4, 9pm.
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