Becoming a senior Scotland women’s international and joining Chelsea Ladies in the English professional ranks are long term ambitions of Carluke lass Rosie Slater, writes Craig Goldthorp.
Rosie, currently starring for Glasgow Rangers Girls Academy 2004s and Scotland women’s under-16s, once made history by becoming the first girl ever to win a Player of the Year football prize at Carluke-based Kirkton Primary School.
Her proud dad Dougie told the Carluke and Lanark Gazette: “Rosie is a powerful centre half and it is a great achievement for her to be playing for the Scotland women’s under-16s at the age of just 14.
“She would like to play for the Scotland women’s team when she is old enough. It is great that they have qualified for next year’s World Cup.
“Rosie would also like to forge a professional career down south, make a living out of it and then send some money back up to her dad!
“Chelsea is her team. She has always been a Chelsea fan and she follows a couple of the girls that play for Chelsea.”
Rosie, whose uncle Colin manages Lanark United, won her first women’s under-16 Scotland cap in a 1-1 friendly draw in Poland last week.
“I wasn’t out there but the reports came back that Rosie played well,” Dougie said.
“Her being picked for the national team owes a lot to the excellent grounding she got at Milton Rovers.
“She had been playing for a Hamilton Accies girls team before joining Milton at the age of seven or eight.
“Rosie always played football with the boys there and got great advice from club manager Willie Allan, who is still there to this day.”
Rosie, who last weekend starred in a Girls Scottish Cup quarter-final for Rangers 2004s against Celtic 2004s, is making her mark at a time when the women’s game in this country is going on an upward spiral.
Our ladies’ qualification for the 2019 World Cup was followed quickly by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that the team is to receive £80,000 extra so the players who are not currently professionals can train full-time from January.