“Scots Abroad”


Welcome to our fortnightly article Scots Abroad – a feature on the trials and tribulations of Scottish players playing their football outside of Scotland.

It’s January which means its transfer window time.

There may have been a distinct lack of activity in the first week, however expect some deals to be done before the end of January as WSL teams finalise their plans for the rest of the season while other leagues prepare for the start of a new season.

One move that has been completed involves a member of the Scotland Euro 2017 squad. Read on and all will be revealed.

While other leagues are in close season the WSL was back with a bang at the weekend and first up was Bristol City who secured a 2-1 win over Everton with both Chloe Arthur and Frankie Brown in the starting 11. Also on Saturday Caroline Weir kicked off 2018 with a goal in Liverpool’s 8-0 victory over Yeovil.

Man City remain top of WSL1 with an impressive 5-2 win at Reading. Jen Beattie was in defence for City who had Claire Emslie grabbing a goal in another impressive attacking performance.

Hot on their heals remain Chelsea who won a five goal thriller against local rivals Arsenal, in a game shown live on BT Sports. Both Lisa Evans and Emma Mitchell started for Arsenal in front of the on looking SWNT manager Shelley Kerr but it was Erin Cuthbert’s Chelsea who secured the bragging rights.

In WSL2 Zoe Ness scored for Durham in their 4-2 victory over Oxford. Also featuring for Durham was ex Rangers player Kathy Hill and ex Celtic player Ellis Dalgliesh. However Durham remain in 2nd as Donny Belles continue to set the pace at the top after sealing a 2-0 victory at Watford where Kirsty Hanson was denied a goal by her fellow Scot Fran Kitching in the Watford goals.

Its Continental Cup semi-final time next week as Chelsea play Man city and Reading entertain Arsenal in games were plenty of Scots will be on show.

The very next day a host of players will be meeting up with the SWNT in Edinburgh The squad was announced for the Challenge matches against Norway and Russia to be held in Spain during the end of January. Of the 23 in the squad only 8 are based in Scotland reflecting an ever growing trend for Scots to pursue their careers in professional environments out with Scotland.

So who was on the move?

Continuing her love affair with Sweden Ife Dieke has secured a move from Vittsjo to league 1 newcomers IFK Kalmar.