Nicolson delighted at Scotland 17s captaincy


When Kate Nicolson discovered she was getting the Scotland Under-17s armband for the second game in row, she thought there had been a mistake.


When she was handed it for the third of three games in Pinatar, she couldn’t have been happier.


The Celtic defender described Pauline MacDonald's break from tradition, which usually sees the captaincy shared between three players across the three games, as a shock, but one she was delighted with as Scotland prepared in Spain for next month’s Elite Rounds.


“I was quite surprised when we went into the team meetings but I was really chuffed. They normally rotate and there still are the three captains off the pitch. I don't know what Pauline's thinking was, but I was quite happy with it!

“It was very unexpected. We had three tough games against top opposition and to get two draws out of it was very impressive and we're certainly looking good ahead of the Elite Rounds,” she explained.

Of the results, the cleansheet and draw against Sweden proved particularly impressive, with Nicolson emphasising its significance against their last meeting with the Scandinavian side.

“From playing then last year in Pinatar and being beaten 4-0 to that shows good improvements, so we're happy with that and it should put us in good stead for Germany and the Netherlands.

“We're going in a lot more confident than last year now,” she added.

Nicolson’s time with the first team ahead of jetting off to Spain played its part in her preparations too, she said, as she explained the impact it had on the pitch and her awareness.

She said: “I played in the middle when I was away and you can see the sharpness because international is that step up, but having been with the first team it does make it a lot easier to transition between the two. With the short and sharp way Fran plays, it does make it a bit easier.”

On her return from international duty, attentions quickly turned to the visit of Glasgow City, which resulted in the Hoops’ second victory in a row over them, and something else that is making the centre half hungrier for success in the Hoops.  

“It shows the level the first team are at that they are competing with the likes of Glasgow City, so it does just make you want to be a part of it even more,” Nicolson explained.

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