Scottish Champions Glasgow City take on the mighty Liverpool this Sunday in a Scotland versus England glamour challenge match at Petershill Park.
Without doubt, City have set the benchmark in the Scottish game, recently winning their fourth Premier League title in a row. Sunday’s match will allow them to test themselves against one of the top sides south of the border.
Liverpool are one of the sides allocated into the new English Professional Super League which will be launched in March amongst some fantastic sponsorship and media support, which includes a four-year deal with broadcaster ESPN to cover the matches.
A few weeks ago, Liverpool were in Madrid for some warm weather training and challenge matches in preparation for the new League starting. Sunday’s match gives them the chance to test themselves against the best in Scotland. It also allows the Scots to compare just what level their own game is at, which is still entirely amateur.
City and Scotland striker Jane Ross, is one of five City players at the SFA National Academy and trains up to eight times a week, despite being a full-time student at Stirling University. She and her team mates can only look on in envy at how the game is developing in England, but is looking forward to seeing how her side can compete at that level.
She said, “What is happening in England with the Super League is obviously fantastic for the women’s game as it brings a professional league for the first time to the UK. We all wish it could happen here in Scotland as at present we could only dream of that level of sponsorship and FA financial support. Although at Glasgow City we are entirely amateur, each player trains a minimum of five times a week and although we combine it with full-time jobs and studies as opposed to being paid for it, in terms of commitment, attitude and ability, I think we are right up their with the best of them. We have done extremely well in the Champions League in recent years and have acquitted ourselves very well against teams and players who are the best in the world and are earning salaries, we could only dream of. I hope we get a good crowd on Sunday as I really do think if people come and watch us play they will be impressed by the standard and will hopefully enjoy it enough to come back again.
Glasgow City versus Liverpool kicks off at 2pm on Sunday at Petershill Park, Springburn. Adults £3, Children Under 16 are FREE.
Written by Laura Montgomery for Scotzine.com