Rachel McLauchlan signs for City

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Glasgow City are delighted to announce the signing of Scotland international Rachel McLauchlan from Yeovil Town.

Despite turning only 22 years of age last weekend, McLauchlan already has a strong SWPL pedigree after a number of successful years in the top flight with Aberdeen and Hibernian, before moving down south at the end of last season to join Yeovil Town in the FA Women’s Super League. 

Comfortable in both midfield and defence, McLauchlan has been a long term target of Glasgow City Head Coach Scott Booth and he was thrilled to finally get her on board.

He said, "I'm absolutely delighted to say that Rachel has joined Glasgow City FC. She is a player I have tried to bring to the club on several occasions. We are both pleased to finally be able to work together and her signing underlines the ambition of the club. We have a tough second half of the season coming up and Rachel's inclusion puts us in a stronger position."

Commenting on her move back up north and to the Scottish Champions, McLauchlan said, “I’m delighted to be part of such a successful club. The team is full of great players with bags of experience and I'm really excited for the second half of the season to commence.”

McLauchlan, who has 7 international caps to date will be looking to find her way into Shelley Kerr’s Scotland plans after missing out on selection for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Her first chance to impress will be in City’s opening league game after the break when she and her new teammates take on her former side Hibernian at Petershill Park on Sunday 4th August.

Tickets for that big game, which sees City as League leaders take on Hibs who are currently in second place, can be obtained on match day at the gate, priced £5 Adult, £2 U16s. Kick off is 2.10pm.

If you enjoyed the World Cup, make sure you head to the match. It is the only place in Scotland to see the stars from the Scottish squad.


Scott Booth extends his stay with the Scottish Champions

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Glasgow City are delighted to announce that they have reached an agreement with Head Coach Scott Booth, to extend his contract with the club until the end of 2021.

UEFA Pro Licence holder, Booth, who originally joined City back in 2015 has lifted the SWPL 1 title during each of his first four years with the club, and his team currently sit top of the League at the mid-season break.

The 12 in a row Champions also proudly had five current Glasgow City players representing Scotland at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, along with six former players, three of whom – Rachel Corsie, Fiona Brown and Erin Cuthbert – also all enjoyed a period of time at the club under Head Coach Booth.  

Speaking of the agreement, Club Manager and Co-Founder Laura Montgomery said, “Scott fits Glasgow City brilliantly. We work really well together and we have similar aims and ambitions, not just for our club, but also for the women’s game in Scotland as a whole.

“He is a great coach and it is evident the improvements he has brought to the game of many of our talented players. His League record speaks for itself, but most importantly he works really well with the squad, he gets the best out of them and we are delighted he has agreed to stay with us for another 2.5 years.”

Booth himself said, “I feel delighted and privileged to sign a new contract with the club.

“I've really enjoyed my four years at Glasgow City. The players, staff, founders and fans have been fantastic. However, there is plenty of ambition to get even better both on and off the park.

“We have some incredibly talented people on board with the club, and the future of Glasgow City FC is looking very bright. I am delighted to be a part of it.”

Crichton makes World Cup debut as City stars help Scotland make history

By Shannon Mcloughlan in France for City Media

Leanne Crichton made her FIFA Women’s World Cup debut on Wednesday night as Scotland bowed out of the tournament in the group stages. 

Three City players played the full 90 minutes as Crichton impressed on her World Cup debut. Nicola Docherty was recalled back into the starting line-up and slotted back into left back and Lee Alexander retained her position in goal.

Scotland knew that nothing less than three points would potentially see them through to the knock-out stages of the tournament. The next round was on the horizon for the side as they got off to a dream start. 

Kim Little opened the scoring for the side on the 19th minute. Former City star Erin Cuthbert saw her initial shot well-saved by the Argentina goalkeeper but she smashed a cross back across the face of goal on the rebound and Little stabbed the ball past the ‘keeper.

Jen Beattie doubled Scotland’s lead on the 49th minute with a close range header. Scotland looked to be on course for their first win of the tournament as Cuthbert put them 3-0 up on the 69th minute. City midfielder Crichton saw her header saved by the ‘keeper but Cuthbert was quick to react as she knocked home the rebound. 

But two goals from Argentina within five minutes began to nerve the Scotland side as their hopes of progressing looked to be in doubt. Despite a hearty performance from the side a place in the knock out rounds wasn’t meant to be for the Scots as a controversial VAR decision saw Argentina tie the game to 3-3. City ‘keeper, Alexander, brilliantly saved Argentina’s first penalty attempt in stoppage time but a controversial and harsh VAR decision deemed her to have stepped off her line and forced a retake. Argentina made no mistake on the second time of asking as they ended Scotland’s dreams of progressing through to the knock out stages.

Despite not picking up a win throughout the tournament Scotland can come away proud from the tournament as they’ve created history. Five different players got their names on the goal scoring books for the side as they managed to find the back of the net in each of the three games they played in the national team’s World Cup debut. 

Five City players were apart of the World Cup squad with Alexander, Docherty, Lauder and Crichton all collecting minutes across the tournament. A further six former City players, Rachel Corsie, Christie Murray, Lisa Evans, Jane Ross, Fiona Brown and Cuthbert, were also included in the squad with them all featuring in the tournament across the course of the three games. 

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Hayley Lauder hits 100 international caps but Scotland lose to Japan in World Cup


By Shannon McLoughlan in France for City Media

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Hayley Lauder earned her 100th cap for Scotland on Friday afternoon as the Scots fell to a 2-1 defeat to Japan.

Lauder, Lee Alexander and former City players, Rachel Corsie, Lisa Evans, Erin Cuthbert, Jane Ross and Fiona Brown all featured during Scotland’s second FIFA World Cup game as the side still search for their first point of the competition. 

Both Lauder and Alexander played a full 90 minutes for the side and were both unfortunate to walk away with nothing for their efforts against the former world champions. 

There unfortunately wasn’t much Alexander could do to keep the Japanese’s first goal out as a hard strike snuck underneath the cross bar and their second was a well-placed penalty kick. The City shot-stopper kept her side in it in the second half as she produced a fine save before the hour mark as she got down to push a long-ranged strike safely around her goal posts. 

Lauder was brought into the starting 11 for the game against Japan after not featuring in the side’s opening World Cup game as she made her World Cup debut. Having made her national team debut back in 2010 earning her 100th  cap on her World Cup debut is extremely special, regardless of the result.

Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages are not over yet as they still have a chance to progress if they beat Argentina on Wednesday evening. A third-place finish in Group D may be enough to see them through to the knock-our rounds and create even more history in their World Cup debut. 

City players Jo Love and Leanne Crichton are still to make their World Cup debuts but could be brought into the starting 11 against Argentina as Scotland manager, Shelley Kerr, will look to ensure her side don’t exit the competition without a single point. 

City stopper reflects on England match

By Shannon McLouglan in Nice for City media

Scotland suffered a defeat on Sunday as they were beaten 2-1 in their opening FIFA Women’s World Cup match against England. 

Two Glasgow City players started the match for the Scots as Lee Alexander started between the sticks and Nicola Docherty played 54 minutes at left back. 

Speaking after the game, Alexander was left deflated by their result, but she was quick to praise the fans that supported them. 

She said: “Unfortunately today we came away with a 2-1 defeat, but I think we’ve got positives to look forward to but ultimately we have to say a huge thanks to fans that all came out to support.”  

Despite going in at half-time 2-0 down, Scotland produced a much improved second half performance which saw Claire Emslie grab a goal back for the side. But that was the only slice of luck Scotland got from the game as they were ultimately left empty handed heading into their next fixture against Japan on Friday.  

Alexander explained what changes were made at half time for her and her side which sparked a potential come back on the game.  

“I think our shape (changed in the second half), we wanted to get on the ball a little bit more,” she said.  

“England obviously pressed us first half and I don’t think we dealt with it as best as we could, but we found pockets of space and got Caroline (Weir) and Kim (Little) on the ball, our flair players really higher up.”  

Chances were hard to come by throughout the game for Scotland and Alexander gave her views on why her side struggled to create in the final third. 

She said: “I think in the first half we were a bit too deep.  

“We could obviously get Claire (Emslie) on 1v1s and that’s her strong point and you know on her day she can beat anyone. 

“There was good link up play with her and Lisa (Evans) to obviously get the goal but ultimately I don’t think we created as many chances as we would’ve liked too.”  

The Glasgow ‘keeper produce a stellar personal performance in goal for the side as she denied the Lionesses on several occasions to keep her team in the game. But with the squad as a whole on her mind she took no satisfaction from her own impressive performance. 

The 27-year-old admitted: “You just want to make sure you just win the game; I think personal performance goes out the window as long as you get the three points on the board.  

“You have to put your body on the line, and I think all of us did that today.” 

Looking ahead to their next group game against Japan on Friday afternoon Alexander believes her side can do better to ensure they collect some well needed points.  

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“(We should) maybe be a bit braver on the ball and try and get turned early,” she continued.  

“We were pressed high up maybe we didn’t deal with that as much or as good as we probably should have but it is what it is.  

“We’ve obviously got a lot of time and we’ve got a top squad over here and it’s a different game when we approach Japan, they’re a very different in terms of style of play so we just need to pick ourselves up.”






Lee thanks the fans after narrow England defeat

By Shannon McLouglan in Nice for City media

Glasgow City and Scotland goalkeeper, Lee Alexander, hailed the national side’s support yesterday as thousands flocked to the Allianz Riveria for their debut FIFA Women’s World Cup game. 

Despite the Scots narrowly losing out 2-1 to England in yesterday’s fierce match. The supporters’ voice never died down and were continuously heard throughout the 90 minutes. 

Alexander, who started and played the entire match for Scotland in goal explained how brilliant the support was: “It’s amazing as Scotland supporters are always incredible and they were amazing when we were in Holland (for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euros) and again we knew we were having a lot of people coming out.”

It wasn’t the result that the side or supporters were opening for in their first ever senior World Cup game but a late goal from Claire Emslie in the 79th minute gave the fans something to celebrate. Alexander described the atmosphere when the goal went in. 

“We could hear them at all points in the game,” she said.

“As soon as Claire (Emslie) scored it just went wild.”

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The support is a huge positive that the side can take away from their game heading into their next fixture against former world champions Japan on Friday. The shot stopper states how the support is their driving force to make sure they get something from the game.

“We obviously want to make sure we do Scotland proud and unfortunately today we came away with a 2-1 defeat,” she also added: “I think we’ve got positives to look forward to but ultimately we have to say a huge thanks to fans that all came out to support.”

Scotland are guaranteed another two games at the World Cup. They have two more group games against Japan and Argentina. The side remain hopefully that they will be able to progress further and reach the knock-out rounds. Alexander has a message for the fans that will stick with them throughout the journey. She said: “(We have) a huge thank you for their continued support they’re amazing.

“I’d say that they’re the best, we can always hear them and we just want to make them proud and we just want to say a huge thanks.”



City convincing winners over Forfar

A Clare Shine hatrick and goals from Kirsty Howat, Jordan McLintock, Jo Love and Carly Girasoli saw City comfortably see past Forfar Farmington in the SWPL.

Reaction from manager Scott Booth:

City defeat Stirling University

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Gemma Mason gave Stirling a shock lead towards the end of the first half following a corner, but less than 60 seconds later, City and Scotland international Hayley Lauder levelled proceedings with a fine strike from inside the box.

Two second half goals from Kirsty Howat, an own goal and a strike by returning Irish striker Clare Shine, ensured a comfortable win in the end for the reigning Scottish Champions. 

City are back in SWPL 1 action next weekend as they travel to take on Forfar Farmington at Station Park.

Kat Lindner

The club is devastated to announce that former player Katharina Lindner (Kat), sadly passed away yesterday.

Kat, widely regarded as one of the greatest ever players to play in the Scottish Women’s game, joined Glasgow City in 2005 and was instrumental in the club’s amazing run of success. The wide forward started 173 times for Glasgow City, scoring 128 goals and is the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. 

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A former German youth international, Kat played for FFC Frankfurt in her native Germany winning the German League and Cup double, before moving to the USA on a Soccer Scholarship to Hartford in Connecticut. Whilst in the States, Kat was an NSCAA 1st team All-American, ranking her as the best player in her position and one of the best 11 players in the highest division of College women’s soccer throughout the whole of the USA.

On joining City, Kat helped the club win five Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups and was part of the treble winning team in 2009. She retired at the end of 2011 after successfully helping Glasgow City become the first Scottish women’s team to reach the knock out stages of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, with City making it all the way to the last 16 for the first time. 

Not just was Kat an incredible athlete, she was also a highly respected Academic. Kat obtained her PhD at Glasgow University and spent the latter and longest part of her career as a lecturer at the University of Stirling specialising in gender, sport and queer theory within the Media, Communications and Culture department.

Kat is also the partner of club co-founder Laura Montgomery. The couple have been together for 16 years and our heartfelt condolences go out to Laura and Kat’s family at this tragic time.