RANGERS Women are preparing to travel to Liverpool this weekend to take on the FA Women’s Super League side in a closed-door friendly on Saturday afternoon.
Women’s head coach Gregory Vignal, who had a spell at Liverpool as a player, organised the game and hopes it will give him the opportunity to see where his side are at the moment.
He said: “I spoke with Liverpool and thought it was a really good idea to play a strong team like Liverpool especially before the Glasgow City game and this is good for the girls because we can see where we are.
“I think it will be fantastic because when you play a team like this they are full time, with professional players and now they are really close with the men’s first team.
“This is a club who are really looking forward and trying to bring players in and they want to win everything, they are a big club like us.
“It will be a great experience for the team and the squad and I am looking forward to this game.”
Liverpool Women have won the top league in England twice in 2003 and 2004 and have recently completed a pre-season tour in America alongside Jurgen Klopp and his men’s first-team.
Vignal added: “As you can see after the World Cup the game is changing and it will be better year by year that’s a fact especially after the World Cup. I understand why Liverpool try to push and be stronger year by year I am not surprised by this.
“Liverpool is a special club in my life because this is where I signed my first professional contract, this is where I won by first title and trophy as a player and played with some unbelievable players.
“My kids were born there as well so for me it is nice and I have got a lot of friends and a lot of big memories, it is a special city for me.”
Vignal is hoping Rangers Women can build a bond with the English club.
He explained: “I would be fantastic for us, it works really well with the first team regarding players so I hope it can be the same thing for us because you need help when starting a new project and if we can have a good relationship and be close with Liverpool Football Club that would be amazing for us.”
The game will be played at Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers, and Vignal hopes the day will be a good experience for his side.
He said: “I think they will learn a lot of things because this is where I want to bring the team, this is where we want to be as a club, so it will be a good test.
“Physically they will be stronger and technically and tactically they are really good players so it will be a really good test. We will see what we can do and where we are as a team but as well as players individually.
“It will be a new experience for the girls, it is a good stadium so something else for the girls.
“If you look at the big picture regarding this game there are a lot of positives and I have got something in my mind and a game plan and I think it will be a great experience for the girls.”