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John Beattie, who now hosts show on BBC Radio Scotland, has reported incident to police

A former Scotland and British Lions rugby player who now hosts a show on BBC Radio Scotland has revealed how he was pelted with eggs by a car passenger as he cycled home from work in Glasgow yesterday.

John Beattie, aged 60, posted a video to Twitter in which he revealed that he’d not only taken a note of the vehicle’s make, but also its registration.

What he did, after encouragement from his followers on the social network, was report the incident to Police Scotland, according to The Scotsman.

He said: “I was a wee bit unsteady, I got angry and chased them a bit, but I couldn’t catch them.

“At the time I thought it was an apple or something. I got back home and thought it was bodily fluid or something.

“I had a shower and went back and there were two or three eggs at least. One had hit me and the others had shot past me.

“There was a bit of yelping and laughing, but I didn’t see anybody.”

He continued: “I’ve reported it. I contacted people on Twitter and there was one who had a friend who had been blinded. And there was taxi drivers saying they get it a lot.

“So I thought I better report it. “I don’t know what they’ll be able to do because no-one has been identified, they’ve only got the car reg and there’s no second witness.

“But I’ve reported it, so that it’s a statistic of a cyclist being hit by eggs.”

It’s the first such incident the former flanker and number eight, who commutes by bike daily, has encountered.

“Most drivers are great,” he said. “They let you in, they wave you in. Taxi drivers, delivery drivers, they are all brilliant.

“My commute has been a non-event until this, but it’s one really random event. “I believe in peace on the roads. Most people are brilliant.”

He acknowledged he was lucky to escape without serious injury, tweeting a link to a road.cc article from last year about a cyclist in Berkshire who sustained a serious eye injury when a car passenger threw an egg at him from a car.

Beattie won 25 caps for Scotland between 1980 and 1987, when his career was cut short by injury, and also toured South Africa and New Zealand with the British Lions.

He is now a writer and broadcaster focusing on sports including rugby union and also presents a lunchtime talk show on BBC Radio Scotland.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.