Welcome to my first blog which will be a regular rundown and look at the Rangers Women’s team as we challenge for the 2020-21 season.
Let’s start with a wee introduction, I am Rhiannon, a life long Rangers fan who got into Women’s football after the 2015 Women’s world cup and since then developed a special interest in our own Rangers Women’s side especially over the last few years.
As many now know Rangers were the first team in Scotland to professionalise our Women’s team. The announcement was made in July 2019 and allowed Rangers to hand out professional contracts to our new signings.
Determined to make our mark on the women’s game we went in wholeheartedly signing international talent such as French star Daina Bourma and home grown internationals like Kirsten Reilly, Demi Vance, Jenna Fife whilst also promoting through our own academy prospects such as Brogan Hay.
Rangers continued to strengthen and improve our chances of being title contenders by adding Chelsea Cornet, Sonia O’Neill (Sonia has vast experience all over and comes with Champions League credentials, not to mention being a Venezuelan international) Megan Bell (Who along with Demi Vance is a Northern Ireland international) Bala Devi (The first Indian born player to play for the club) and Scottish internationals Zoe Ness and Nicola Docherty.
Nicola came with an impressive Resume from Glasgow City after developing here at our own academy in 2012. She has since established herself as a top talent and made several appearances in the champions league.
Our season started off spectacularly back in February 2020 with two wins from two before football was stopped with Covid-19 pandemic.
That didn’t stop our development however as during the pre-season Rangers signed Scotland international Lizzy Arnot from Manchester United. Lizzy is a tremendous talent and a huge signing, she has several international caps and helped Man United to a fourth place finish in the WSL.
We would make three further pre-contract signings in Sam Kerr, Kirsty Howat and Rachel McLauchlan all from Glasgow City. The women had been stalwarts for them during their thirteen year reign at the top of the SWPL and made numerous appearances in the champions league.
This shows the major change in the SWPL with Rangers now taking players from Glasgow City and not the other way around.
With signings and development finished for now, Rangers women’s team were back in training in September ahead of the start of the SWPL season on October 15th.
Our opening game was at home to Hearts and what an opening day it was!
Rangers came out 5-1 victors with Zoe Ness netting an impressive hat-trick, one assist by the brilliant Chelsea Cornet, whilst Kirsten Reilly and Demi Vance picked up the other two goals in an impressive opening day performance.
Ness’s hat-trick a catalyst for her international call up for Scotland. All in Rangers boasting an impressive five internationals for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
A fantastic start for the women’s team after a solid pre-season in what turned out to be a brilliant week for us Rangers fans!
Check back the week beginning November the second where I’ll be back to cover all the action from our second game of the season as we travel away to Spartans in Edinburgh.
Remember until then, Keep the blue scarves on!