Joanne Paton signs from Hamilton Academical

Glasgow City are delighted to announce the signing of forward Joanne Paton from Hamilton Accies.

The striker who turned 23 last month, becomes City’s second signing during the mid season break following the capture of Katie McCabe on loan from Arsenal.

Commenting on his latest recruit, City Head Coach Scott Booth said, “Joanne is a player I have been a fan of for some time. She has proven ability while playing against us on many occasions and we are delighted that she has decided to join Glasgow City. We are looking forward to seeing her progress at the club.”

On moving to City, Paton said, “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to play for Glasgow City. My first few sessions have been tough at times but I am very much enjoying the challenge of playing the constant high tempo football that I have experienced so far at each session. I fell that I am always learning at training and have already learnt a lot from Scott and the rest of the team. I am looking forward to getting started in the second half of the season and hopefully we can go on and win the League and the Scottish Cup.”

If you would like to sponsor Joanne, there are Gold, Silver, Bronze and Boot packages all available. All sponsorship goes directly to the player to assist with expenses. Email info@glasgowcityfc.co.uk for more information.

Paton goes straight into the City squad for the opening match of the second half of the season as the team face Hearts in the SSE Scottish Cup on Sunday at King Park, Dalkeith.

City sign Katie McCabe

Glasgow City are delighted to sign forward Katie McCabe on loan from FA Super League side Arsenal.

Republic of Ireland international McCabe will join City for the second half of the season and will meet up with her new team mates this week.

Glasgow City Head Coach, Scott Booth commented, “Katie is a player who has been on our radar for some time now and we are delighted that we can finally bring her to Glasgow City. Her technical ability, pace and vision will threaten any defence. We have some really competitive games to play in the 2nd half of the season and a player of her quality can be a match winner when things get tight. I would like to also thank Arsenal for helping to make this happen.”

21 year old Katie, who is no stranger to a number of the City players with three Irish internationals already in the Glasgow camp said, “I'm really excited to be joining Glasgow City on a loan move. It's a great opportunity for me to work with such a successful women's club and one with a great history. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season and I can't wait to help the team try and win even more trophies.”

“We haven’t shown what we are capable of.” – Hayley Lauder

by Leuan Lvett

City midfielder Hayley Lauder has insisted that Scotland are yet to show their class at the 2017 Women’s EURO.

Scotland face Spain in their final group stage match; they still stand a slim chance of qualifying for the quarter finals. 

Speaking ahead of the game, Lauder explained: “We will do ourselves justice, we haven’t showed what we are capable of yet. This is tournament football and you don’t get second chances.”

Scotland are yet to collect a point from their two group matches against England and most recently, Portugal. However, Scotland will qualify for the next round if they beat Spain by a two-goal margin and if England beat Portugal. 

Lauder spoke on the tournament layout: “There is definitely optimism around the camp. Look at some of the other groups and some are already concluded before the final matches. We are still in a good position even though we haven’t had the best start and the fact we aren’t out of it yet is what we were looking for.”

The 27-year-old suffered a minor hamstring tear in a warm up match to the tournament against Ireland. Rather miraculously, Lauder featured in Scotland’s recent match against Portugal, much to her delight: 

“It was absolutely amazing. When I got injured against Ireland I was thinking the worst. A hamstring tear isn’t the best-case scenario when time isn’t on your side. The rehab has gone really well and was privileged to get some minutes.”

Lauder is one of five City players representing Scotland at the 2017 Women’s EURO. Lauder expressed her pride for both her and her club team-mates:

“It’s so good to see Glasgow City represented. Glasgow have always had good representation within the squad but it’s even better at a major tournament. From a Glasgow City point of view, it just shows the strength of the club and that we are really pushing forward.”

Looking onto the next match, Lauder said: “Spain will definitely be the most important match of our careers. We did come here to take each game at a time. England was originally seen as the biggest game but now we still have a chance of qualifying and getting out the group then the importance has now shifted to this.”

We are ready to right our wrongs” – Leanne Crichton

By Ieuan Ivett.

Glasgow City midfielder Leanne Crichton played 90 minutes in Scotland’s disappointing 6-0 defeat to England in their tournament opener.

Crichton’s admirable energy in the midfield was unfortunately not enough for her Scottish side to get a result against tough English opposition.

Speaking on the defeat, Crichton explained: “I don’t think it’s necessarily what went wrong, England showed tonight why they are one of the favourites for the tournament and credit to them for doing that.

For us, it was a first game. Of course, it’s a new experience and we’ve all learnt from that pretty quickly.”

Crichton was the only City player to play the full match, with Joanne Love making a late cameo for Anna Signuel’s side.

“It was fantastic to get 90 minutes; the atmosphere was great. All the teams have been well hosted and to come and play in front of your friends and family who made the journey was fantastic. It makes a difference when you play on the big stage. We will learn from this match, it’s gone now.”

Although the England defeat was a decisive one, Scotland remain in good spirits heading into their next fixture against Portugal.

Crichton “I genuinely feel we are a really talented group. We are as fit as we’ve ever been so for us so the Portugal game is a big one.

England are one of the favourites for the tournament, realistically we weren’t expected to take points from that. We will head into the Portugal game strong and we are ready to right our wrongs.”