FORMER Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross is making final preparations as this issue of The Buteman goes on sale for her debut appearance in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Jane and her Glasgow City team-mates - Scotland’s only remaining Champions’ League representatives after both halves of the Old Firm were knocked out of the men’s version - are aiming for a place in the last 16 of the tournament when they take on Valur Reykjavik in the first leg at Petershill Park in Springburn on Thursday.
They go into the tie hoping to replicate the form which saw them finish top of their group in the earlier stages with three wins from three, scoring 17 goals and conceding none in the process.
Jane is one of seven Glasgow City squad members who train together at the Scottish FA’s national performance centre at Stirling University.
Jane and her fellow students - Stirling colleagues Christie Murray, Emma Micthcll and Lisa Evans, along with Lee Alexander, Lauren McMurchie, Eilish McSorley and Robert Gordon University’s Rachel Corsie - are all supported financially by the national ‘Winning Students’ sports scholarship scheme.
Jane continued her good early season form by scoring twice for Scotland in a 7-2 win over Finland last week.
Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) in sport and exercise science in the summer, Jane is continuing her studies at Stirling, rehearsing dehydration and its effects on athletes in an MPhil in sports studies.
“At Glasgow City I’ve won four league titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups,” she said.
“It’s nice to have so many players from the City team together studying and training at Stirling.
“I couldn’t ask for any more than playing in the Champions League and for Scotland – it’s what you want to be doing.”
Following the match this Thursday, the second leg takes place in Iceland on Thursday, October 6, with the winner to face either FFC Turbine Potsdam of Germany or Thor/KA, another Icelandic side, in the last 16 of the competition.