The start of the season seems a long time ago now, and it is unbelievable that eight months down the line, the club’s greatest challenge in the UEFA Women’s Champions League still lies ahead.
With the success the club has had in the last two weeks – winning the league, reaching the Henson Projects Scottish Cup final, and completing a 100 per cent winning record away from home–in all competitions, including the Women’s Champions League – it feels that the girls deserve the rewards of playing in the high stature games that remain.
Although, at times, it is remarked by others, outwith Glasgow City, that playing for the club is ‘easy’ it is great credit to everyone involved at the club, that the standards remain so high, and have done throughout the season.
Winning five titles in a row is no easy feat for any team, no matter what league around the world they are involved in, and the atmosphere around our own dressing room certainly reflects the delight that is felt by everyone at this great accomplishment.
Without doubt, although the league is won, the final league game remains as important as any in the season, and our determination to finish with 20 wins out of 20 is something that everyone is striving for.
Being captain of the club that is currently at the pinnacle of Scottish Women’s football, and currently progressing in stature throughout Europe, is certainly a very proud achievement for myself, and lifting my first trophy two weeks ago against rivals Celtic, has certainly added to my own personal drive to add to City’s silverware in years to come, starting with the challenge of remaining in the Women’s Champions League, despite a very tough draw against one of Europe’s best opposition in German champions Turbine Potsdam.
The continuously rising ambitions of everyone at the club–particularly head coach Eddie Wolecki Black–has led to great belief amongst the players and coaches, and has certainly been fundamental to the successes achieved so far.
However, it is a well-known fact that we've had recent wins against some of our greatest rivals in the league, including a dress rehearsal against our Scottish Cup final opponents Hibs, and a fantastic performance in the last 32 of the Women’s Champions League against Valur, these results count for nothing in the coming few games, and in order to continue our winning streak, preparation and focus remain fundamental for us.
The game in Scotland has grown very rapidly in the last few years and the country seems to be continually producing young talent, which bodes very well for the future.
The innovation of the Scottish FA’s Women's National Football Academy at Stirling has certainly been at the root of the progression, and gives the country an excellent grounding for which we can use to initiate further development.
It remains no surprise that a growing interest has stemmed as a result of improved performances and results from the Women's National Squad, and with an ever-growing media and public interest, the country appears to be showing their appreciation towards our achievements.
Rachel Corsie is captain of Glasgow City Ladies FC.