Dundee has fallen behind Leeds in the race to become European Capital of Culture.
Bookies have priced The City of Discovery at 5/2, quite a bit far off favourites Leeds at 4/6.
The other city in contention, Milton Keynes, sits at 7/2.
Although the process is in the early stages, a spokesman for bookmaker William Hill said that the ‘whole of Scotland’ would get behind Dundee.
He explained: “As the biggest city in the current list, Leeds is the clear favourite to win the European Capital of Culture title however, the whole of Scotland will get behind the Dundee bid and with the reciprocal backing from the Perth 2021 bid, the decision looks anything but nailed on.
“Dundee is second favourite in the list but with more bids expected in the coming months, the betting could well fluctuate.”
One UK city will be awarded the crown for 2023. The winner will be announced in 2019.
However, doubt has been cast over the UK’s participation in the competition due to the Brexit vote.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has called for reassurance from the UK Government.
She said: “[Dundee] have put a considerable amount of time, effort and expense into scoping out their bid and are excited about the cultural, regenerative and economic benefits it would generate in Dundee, Scotland, the rest of the UK and Europe.
“However, with the increasing likelihood of a hard Brexit being pursued by the UK Government, I am concerned that the delay in launching the competition is a signal of the Government’s intention to renege on its agreement to be a host city. Dundee must not now have the rug pulled from under them.
“I hope to receive reassurance that the UK Government intends to go ahead with its commitment to be the host country in 2023 and clarification on when the bid process will open.”
Last year, the Tele revealed that chiefs in the city were eyeing up a bid for the prestigious accolade.
It comes after Dundee failed to clinch the UK Capital of Culture award for 2017 two years ago.