ROBERT THORNTON was ‘proud but devastated’ following Scotland’s exit from the World Cup of Darts after losing out to Belgium on Sunday afternoon.

Thornton represented his nation with World Champion Gary Anderson, with the pair seeing off New Zealand and Norway before running into Belgium in the last eight.

After Anderson lost out to Kim Huybrechts, Thornton hit back with victory over Kim’s brother, Ronny, but the Scottish duo lost out in the pairs decider.

And ‘The Thorn’ admitted his disappointment following that defeat.

He said: “I was gutted. We both were because we had some good moments over the weekend and showed flashes of what we could do. We were there to win it and that didn’t happen so we were very frustrated.

“That doesn’t take away how proud a feeling it is to pull on that shirt and represent Scotland though, and that’s something I feel I try and do every time a play. It is a great time for Scottish darts at the moment so we hoped that the World Cup would be the crowning glory but I’m sure there’ll be a few more major titles coming the way of the Scots and hopefully I’ll be lifting at least one of them!”