Eilidh Doyle believes Laura Muir will go into the World Athletics Indoor Championships with an aura around her at a home Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

Few know the venue better than middle distance medal magnet Muir, who romped to a 1500m-3000m double gold there at the European Indoor Championships in 2019.

Despite 12 months which included a split from coach Andy Young, Scotland’s most decorated track medallist Doyle insists a strong performance in the 3000m will propel Muir to podium potential at this summer’s Olympics.

“She’ll have an aura going onto that stage that’s for sure,” Doyle said. “Being the home athlete and having that support behind her.

“She knows exactly what she’s achieved and how good she is indoors - it was her training venue for a long time so she knows that track better than anybody.

“If you’ve been there and done it before, then you know what your body is capable of doing and it’s about getting it right on the day.

“Even when it has been a rocky road for her, she can draw on her past experiences, because she’s done it for such a long time – that does not disappear overnight because things have taken a slight turn.”

Six years Muir’s senior, Doyle fondly remembers the pair’s historic indoor medals in 2018 when they became Scotland’s first individual World Indoor medallists in 25 years in Birmingham.

Should the Tokyo 2020 silver medallist continue her dominance in the middle distances, she has the opportunity to surpass Doyle’s individual Scottish record of 17 major medals.

The 30-year-old currently sits on 14 major podiums and Doyle reckons it is only a matter of time until her record, which she took from Yvonne Murray-Mooney in 2017, is broken again.

“I was very proud I could retire with that title even though I don’t think that will stand for much longer,” she added.

“Athletics is a very difficult sport to medal in and I was fortunate enough to have that longevity, not only to stay in the sport for a long time but also win those medals.

“To go to the World Indoors and have a strong performance there, it’ll give her so much confidence going into an Olympic year as an Olympic medallist, having already achieved a medal.

“It’s not been the easiest year for her, her circumstances have changed so she’ll be going into this indoor season differently than previous years.

Muir is one of a raft of huge names confirmed to take to the iconic arena next month, and retired Perth runner Doyle believes the consistency and longevity of Scottish talent is a product of those who have gone before.

“Seeing your peers and your fellow athletes doing well has such an impact,” she said.

“When you’ve got Laura being consistently at the top of the world rankings, the others tend to follow, like we saw with Jemma Reekie in Tokyo.

“If you see athletes that you’ve grown up with or you’ve competed against at junior cross country and Scottish Championships, then you believe in it so much more.

“Would Josh Kerr have become the world champion if Jake Wightman hadn’t done it the year before? You don’t know.

“It’s a similar thing with Laura and Jemma. A big part of it is that we’re in a really great era right now and seeing these athletes doing well, I think they’re all doing well because of each other.”

With just under a month to go until the world's best arrive in Glasgow, tonight will mark the gala opening the Museum of World Athletics in the St Enoch Centre shopping mall in the city.

Doyle will join forces with Scottish athletics legends Allan Wells, Tom McKean and Murray-Mooney at the event, which takes visitors on a journey from the world’s first ‘indoor’ meeting in 1849 to the present day. Among the exhibits are the spikes Liz McColgan and Wightman wore to win their respective world titles in 1991 and 2022.

The 17-time major medallist believes the World Athletics Indoor Championships provide the perfect opportunity for track and field athletes to lay down a marker with a summer Olympics firmly in sight.

“From my point of view it’s a really useful start to the year,” she said.

“If you can come out and put on a really strong performance, starting that Olympic year with really strong intentions, then you can show the world stage the shape that you’re in.

“It’s a great way to put a marker down for your competitors.

“To compete in front of a home crowd is such a special opportunity and especially somewhere like the Emirates Arena which is such an intense stadium.

“The crowd are right on top of you all the time, the atmosphere around that track is amazing, you can’t beat it and the chance for Laura go and do that again is something special.”

The MOWA Indoor Athletics Exhibition Glasgow 24 will be open daily to the public from 11am to 6pm from Saturday February 3, closing on the final day of the World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24 on March 3