A SHAMED promising Scots athlete left a man permanently scarred after attacking him with a golf club.

Runner, Ross Gray, 22, from Port Glasgow, hit victim Darren Foy, 25, with such force that the club snapped in two.

Mr Foy needed stitches and staples put in the injuries to his head.

The attack took place near a Five Guy’s restaurant in Glasgow City centre in the early hours of 10 May last year.

Co-accused Kieran McIntyre, 19, also assaulted Mr Foy by punching and kicking him on the body.

Gray pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to assaulting Mr Foy to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

McIntyre, also from Port Glasgow, admitted an assault on Mr Foy to his injury.

The court heard Gray and McIntyre were each driving in Glasgow city centre and got into an altercation with Mr Foy who was waiting to cross the road.

After words were exchanged Mr Foy smashed the rear window of McIntyre’s car and dented a door.

Gray pulled up behind McIntyre’s car and took a golf club from the boot.

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Prosecutor Derek Buchanan said: “Gray struck Mr Foy multiple times to his head and body eventually causing the golf club to break in two.

“McIntyre kicked and punched Foy on the body while he was being struck with the golf club."

The attack only came to an end when members of the public intervened.

The pair, who have no previous convictions, were later arrested by police.

Gray told them: “It was defence against him attacking me."

Mr Buchanan added: “Medical experts say the injuries to Mr Foy will result in permanent scarring.

“He received a £300 fiscal fine for vandalism and assault.”

Sentence was deferred on both men until next month by Sheriff Martin Jones QC for background reports.

They were remanded in custody.