Comedian Billy Connolly has been announced as the latest ambassador for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, hosted by his home city of Glasgow.
He has joined Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy and swimmer Rebecca Adlington in the role as organisers prepare to unveil the official Games mascot on Thursday.
The Commonwealth team said the comic and actor is a "world-famous example" of the humour and friendliness of the Scots.
Connolly said: "I know that the people of Glasgow will enjoy the Games immensely, the whole of Scotland will. We are a nation that welcomes all visitors with a smiling face. The goodwill of Scots will stand forever, we will always have that."
He has narrated an animated film telling the story behind the 2014 mascot which was designed by a 12-year-old school pupil.
Involving young people is key to the success of the Games, Connolly said.
"Without the youth of today creating a momentum behind an event, nothing is taken forward. By engaging with children in the design of the mascot, a buzz has been created. You can feel the excitement for the Games already."
Connolly, a freeman of Glasgow, said the city would have no problem finding the 15,000 volunteers needed to help stage the Games.
"We love taking part in everything and for something as big as the Commonwealth Games, people will be coming out in their droves to spectate and volunteer. Without question, Glasgow 2014 will be a huge success."