Football: Club and country delight for Jane

Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross has been named as one of four stand-by players for the Team GB women's football squad at the Olympic Games. (Pic by Graeme Berry)

Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross has been named as one of four stand-by players for the Team GB women's football squad at the Olympic Games. (Pic by Graeme Berry)

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Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross is celebrating on two fronts after being named in the Scotland squad for the forthcoming Euro 2013 play-off double-header against Spain - while her Glasgow City team secured the Scottish Women’s Premier League title for a remarkable sixth season in a row.

Jane, with 33 goals in all competitions to her credit, is City’s leading scorer in 2012 - which made it no surprise to see her name included in coach Anna Signeul’s 19-strong squad for the Euro play-offs.

The first leg of the home-and-away decider against the Spaniards takes place at Hampden Park on Saturday, October 20 at 2pm - the first time Scotland’s women have played at the national stadium - and there will be no admission charge, partly as a thank-you to the team’s long-serving supporters but also to try and encourage new followers to the women’s game.

Meanwhile, Glasgow City secured their sixth successive SWPL title with a 2-0 win over Celtic last Saturday, while nearest challengers Hibernian lost 1-0 at home to Forfar Farmington.

That means that with three games still to play, City cannot now be caught and will go into their remaining league matches knowing that they have achieved a feat like no other in the history of the Scottish women’s game.

The team bounced back to secure their latest SWPL title only days after being knocked out of the UEFA Women’s Champions’ League by Danish outfit Fortuna Hjørring at the last 32 stage of the competition.