Football: Jane shortlisted for ‘player of the year’ prize

Jane Ross (left), in action for Glasgow City LFC against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup semi-final, has been short-listed for the Scottish Women's Premier League player of the year award.
Jane Ross (left), in action for Glasgow City LFC against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup semi-final, has been short-listed for the Scottish Women's Premier League player of the year award.

Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross has been shortlisted for the Scottish Women’s Premier League player of the year prize.

Jane, who plays for Glasgow City Ladies FC, is the leading scorer in the Scottish domestic game this year and now has 44 Scotland caps to her name.

An unforgettable 2012 season reached its peak in the summer when Jane, who learned her craft at the Bute coaching classes run by former Ayr and Partick Thistle winger Jim Ross, was chosen as a stand-by player for the Team GB squad at the London Olympics.

Since then she’s helped Scotland to within a whisker of reaching the 2013 women’s European championships, while her 26 league goals this year, in an overall total of 40, helped Glasgow City to a sixth successive SWPL title.

After scoring another two goals in City’s last SWPL match of the season last Sunday, a 2-0 win away to Spartans, Jane’s remarkable year ends this Sunday, November 11, when City take on Forfar Farmington in the final of the Scottish Cup at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.

Four players have been short-listed for the prize - the others are Lucy Graham (Forfar Farmington), Jill Paterson (Rangers) and Suzanne Grant (Celtic) - but according to Glasgow City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black, there can only be one winner.

“Of course I may be accused of being biased towards my own players,” he said, “however I think the facts say it all.

“In 2012 Jane has started over 90 per cent of all our games and she missed games only through Olympic duty. Only Rachel Corsie and Nicola Docherty have started more games.

“She has won the League title and League Cup as well as having a Scottish Cup final to come.

“Her previous best total of 29 goals has been surpassed in style this season. Her second goal on Sunday was her 40th of the season.

“In June this year team Team GB came calling and when the cut was made to the final 22 the name of Jane Ross appeared on the list for the Olympics, the only Scotland based footballer to be on the list.

“At international level she has started every European qualifier and been a very important player as the national team went so close to making it to Euro 2013 in Sweden.

“In the Champions League Jane performed excellently, and scored vital goals against PK-35 Vaanta and against Fortuna Hjørring in the last 32.

“Therefore, for me, and with all due respect to the other nominations, none of them come close to the achievements of Jane this season and in the shortlist this has obviously been recognised by her fellow players. I only hope the final votes reflect her season.”

The SWPL player of the year prize is voted for by all registered SWPL players.