SCOTTISH women in football united to launch their new season this week and Rangers vice-captain Lisa Swanson was there to represent the club.

As the women of the World gather to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th representatives from Scottish Women’s Football united to launch their 2017 Season at Hampden.

The overwhelming feeling was that this season will be very special indeed.

With all 16 clubs from SWPL 1 and 2 in attendance, the message was clear: 2017 will be the most important year for the women’s game ever.

Gers midfielder Lisa has been part of a side who have experienced a successful pre-season. Most notably the ladies recorded a 2-1 win over last season’s league winners Glasgow City before they sailed through to the second round of the SWPL Cup with an 8-3 win. The also recorded an impressive 7-1 victory over a Scottish Unis team.

The Ladies team kick-off their season this Sunday at home to Hibernian, who won both domestic trophies last season. Their second fixture of the campaign is an away trip to Stirling University FC on March 19.

Vivienne MacLaren, Chair of SWF said: “Every year we see more and more women and girls playing football. The amazing work carried out by players, coaching staff and volunteers has meant there has been a tremendous improvement in the game year on year, which is wonderful.”

With International Women’s Day on March 8th and the 2017 theme being #BeBoldForChange SWF hope fans can champion that message by supporting their local team by volunteering or cheering them on from the stands.

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