Rangers defender among four uncapped stars included in Scotland squad

Scotland Women interim boss Stuart McLaren has included four uncapped stars among his 24-player squad for next month’s friendly fixtures.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 20: Nicola Docherty (L) and Hannah Godfrey during a Scottish women's training session at the Oriam on October 20, 2020, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)

The national team face trips to Northern Ireland and Wales on June 10 and 15 respectively as a warm up for the beginning of their World Cup 2023 qualifying campaign, and McClaren has taken the opportunity to blood a host of previously uncapped stars for the friendly ties.

After winning Gers’ player of the year award last month, California-born defender Brianna Westrup is rewarded for her outstanding debut season in Glasgow, with the defender qualifying for Scotland selection via her Dundee-born parent.

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There’s also a first call up for Hibs player of the season Leah Eddie. The 20-year-old centre back has been part of both Scotland’s under-17 and 19 squad previously and has been a vital part of Dean Gibson’s Hibernian squad.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 09: Rangers Brianna Westrup in action during a Scottish Women's Premier League match between Rangers and Glasgow City at the Rangers Training Centre, on May 09, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

Goalkeeper Eartha Cumings, who plays for Charlton Athletic in the England Women’s Championship, also completes her progression from the under-19 squad as one of three goalkeepers in the squad. The 21-year-old goalkeeper has been a key players for the Addicks this term, as they finished eight in the second tier of English football.

Meanwhile a call-up for AC Milan player Christy Grimshaw marks a remarkable rise for the Kirkcaldy-born midfielder who, just seven years ago, was working as a waitress at a hotel in Stonehaven.

Full 24-player Scotland Women’s squad: Jenna Fife, Lee Alexander, Eartha Cummings, Nicola Docherty, Sophie Howard, Rachel Corsie, Lead Eddie, Rachel McLauchlan, Kirsty Smith, Brianna Westrup, Chloe Arthur, Lucy Graham, Kim Little, Christie Murray, Lisa Robertson, Caroline Weir, Lizzie Arnot, Fiona Brown, Lana Clelland, Erin Cuthbert, Claire Emslie, Christy Grimshaw, Kirsty Hanson.

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