“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.”