From troubled teen to Scotland hopeful, Megan Reid hopes to inspire the next generation of female footballers.
The Aberdeen Ladies midfielder was recently awarded a first team squad number after impressing in the development sides.
And both Megan herself and club coaches are confident the 18-year-old has what it takes to appear for Scotland.
But it could have all been very different. Having spurned Scotland’s advances, Megan admitted she “started to give up on football” when she was younger.
But Aberdeen Ladies head coach Stefan Laird was desperate to keep her after seeing her star for the Under-16s.
“I had to go to her door because she said she was quitting football,” he said. “But I thought there was no way this girl could quit, she has tremendous ability.
“I asked her to give me a year and I’d help her enjoy it and reach her potential.”
But at her second first-team training session, police came looking to speak with Megan about some of her friends.
After receiving an ultimatum from Laird, the youngster said she realised she needed to “focus on life and football”.
Now she has fully committed herself to the sport.
Laird described her as a “role model for the young players at the club”.
And Megan says she now wants to help more girls take up the game.
She said: “I want to inspire females to take up or continue with football as when I was young no one was there for me.
“People doubted me because I’m a female and play football. I just want to be an inspiration to others.
“I want to go back to my old primary school, Tullos, and speak to all the kids there one day.”
Playing street football against older boys helped Megan develop exceptional close control.
And she had an instant impact with Aberdeen’s first team, scoring on her debut against Spartans.
Club captain Nikki Smith and stalwart Susan Murray pushed for her inclusion in the first team.
Since moving up from the U20s, Megan has started a number of games – and has her sights set high.
“When I was younger I never thought I’d make it to the first team,” she said.
“Now I just want to be a professional footballer, I want to travel the world.”
And coach Laird believes she has the talent to go far in the game.
He added: “She’s capable of playing for Scotland when she is older, she has that much ability.
“She really could be a star in the future.”