USA clash perfect test for Scots women’s side

Rachel Corsie in action for Scotland
Rachel Corsie in action for Scotland

Scotland women’s boss Shelley Kerr will use tonight’s friendly with the USA to start testing her squad ahead of next year’s World Cup.

The Dark Blues qualified for the showpiece in France for the first time with a dramatic group-topping win over Albania in September and welcome the current and three-time world champions to Paisley for a glamour friendly.

Jill Ellis, head coach of the visitors – who have also won Olympic gold four times – should have Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan at her disposal.

The pair, who currently ply their trade in their homeland’s strong league, are among the top-five earners in the women’s game and have 202 international goals between them.

Kerr is looking forward to what will be an invariably difficult test.

She said: “Having the best team in the world come to Scotland is fantastic and is a measure of how far we’ve come, when we’re attracting this level of opposition.

“Showcasing some of the finest players the women’s game has ever seen in Scotland is another opportunity to inspire the nation and young aspiring footballers.

“Since we qualified for the Fifa World Cup in Albania there has been a real increase in the interest of the team and all of the players are still on a high from the achievement.

“It is now up to us to ensure we are as best prepared for the Fifa World Cup as possible and that will start by testing ourselves against the greatest team in the world.”

Scotland will be without Mintlaw midfield maestro Kim Little for the fixture.

She’s absent from Kerr’s squad after suffering a leg fracture on club duty with English Women’s Super League side Arsenal and has been replaced by Hayler Lauder from recently-crowned Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 champions Glasgow City.

There will of course be north-east representation in the game, with Aberdeen’s Rachel Corsie, on loan at Canberra United in Australia, set to skipper Scotland from central defence.

Corsie’s parent club is Utah Royals across the Atlantic, so she’ll be very familiar with some of the USA squad, as well as the standard Scotland will have to be at to compete with the visitors.

Tonight’s friendly takes place at St Mirren’s Simply Digital Arena, where a record crowd watched Scotland overcome a strong Switzerland in their penultimate World Cup qualifier.