Peter Wright admits he has to ‘pinch himself’ with the dream come true of having all the Scottish Dartan Army fans backing him.
The World No.3 goes into Thursday night’s Unibet Premier League third round in Dublin still buzzing from his support from Glasgow.
Snakebite was given an incredible reception at the SSE Hydro and believes that he’ll still be on a high before facing Steve Lennon.
He revealed: “It was so hard because 90 per cent go the crowd wanted Gary Anderson to be playing and it was great to hear them singing his name. Hopefully he gets his back sorted and playing as soon as possible.
“I appreciate they were singing for me too and that means so much. I had goosebumps, it was amazing.
“Every time I come here and the crowd start cheering my name is very special. I have to pinch myself. When I was a young kid in Scotland you think nothing like this can happen to you.
“I’m living the dream in front of 11,000 Scots singing for me. It was amazing and I have to thank all the fans.”
Wright, 48, has come back to earn draws after two slow starts against Rob Cross and Michael Smith as he still dabbles with his darts.
He added: “I’ll be fine when I get off to a good start. I can’t wait to the long distance matches, I’ll be alright. The reception was amazing in Glasgow it must have been very hard for Michael. I felt sorry for him a few times when he was going for a double.
“It’s not nice but I get it when I go to Holland when I play against MVG and I’ll get it again when I go to Rotterdam. Boo hoo, here we go, you just got to hit the double.
“I tried a set of 24 grams in Glasgow, they've been going amazing in practice. I just like to try and compensate what it’s going to be like up on stage in a great big venue. You normally get some air pockets which can whizz across the stage.
“But it didn’t in Glasgow which is why I played only average and I’ve got to go back to my 20 grams darts.”
Wright’s opponent Lennon is one of the new ‘Contenders’ and is out to make a big impression against the multi-coloured Scot at the 3Arena in Dublin.
He said “I can’t wait to walk out there in front of the Irish fans, I’m determined to make a big impression.
“I want to thank the PDC for the opportunity to play in the Premier League, being selected for the Premier League is a huge deal for me and now I'm excited to get out there and give a good account of myself.
“Chris Dobey's walk-on in Newcastle was absolutely incredible so it would be great to get a reception anything like that.
“Crowds can really lift players and with their support hopefully it will spur me on to play even better and get myself over the line but I know how tough it will be against Peter.
“Thursday could be a huge night for my career and lead to further opportunities so I will be a bit nervous before we go on but once I get up there I will be fine.”
Night Three - Thursday February 21
Gerwyn Price v James Wade
Steve Lennon v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
Michael Smith v Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic v Raymond van Barneveld
Live on Sky Sports from 7pm
By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)
Photography: Taylor Lanning (@taylorlanning11)