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Thomson: Rejuvenated Rangers are ready

Thursday, 07 March 2013

Rangers have invested heavily during the close season and their new-look side is ready to take the Scottish Women’s Premier League by storm.


New signing Hollie Thomson believes the Ibrox girls have never been better poised or equipped to make their mark on the domestic game in Scotland.


Thomson recently swapped the emerald green of Hibernian for sky blue of Rangers and she wants to be part of an exciting future for the Teddy Bears.


“After six wonderful years at Hibs and having achieved so much with them, I felt it was the right time for a change in my career.” Commented the former Scotland International.


“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the efforts of the club, its players and management, but I felt I needed a new challenge and new targets to meet as an individual.


“Rangers are a massive club and I believe we have a promising future ahead with the right mix of youth and experience throughout the team.


“Also, the club’s facilities are amazing, probably the best in the country and you couldn’t ask for better as a player than getting the opportunity to train at Murray Park.”


Rangers have appeared a different prospect during the close season and a string of impressive displays have given then much optimism ahead of the new campaign.


With confidence soaring Thomson and her team-mates are setting their sights on being the first Rangers Ladies side to bring silverware back to Ibrox and propelling the club to the higher echelons of the domestic game.


She said:  “I’m enjoying my football and getting back to full fitness slowly but surely.


“We’ve had a really good run of games against some tough opposition and that has pushed us as a team ahead of the new season.


“We want to improve on previous season and gel as a side which will take time.


“As a club we need to improve and bringing in a new management team and players can only be a promising move for a club like Rangers.


“By adding more experience to the squad we are complimenting the team’s excellent young players and I think everyone can look forward to a bright future.


“If we could win a trophy this season it would be a massive achievement for the club and the girls that have been with them from the very start.


“It’s always great to see your hard work during the season pay off and walking away with a trophy would be just perfect.”


Thomson is just one of many new signings made by the Ibrox side during the close season with Michelle Barr, Donna James, Rebecca Storrie, Karen Penglase, Megan Sneddon, Natalie Ross and Hayley Cunningham also agreeing to join the rejuvenated ‘Gers.


Perhaps the biggest change since last season is the arrival of Angie Hind who left her post as the SFA’s assistant national coach to head up the Rangers women’s side.


Thomson commented: “Angie has already done so much for the club and having the backing from the men is a massive boost for women’s football in this country.


“She knows what she wants from the players and its having that balance between players and staff that leads to success.


“She is a great manager, highly motivated, ambitious and always wanting the best for her players. 


“Angie sets high standards and if we want to be a force this year then we need to step up to the mark and deliver each week.


“I confident that Angie can deliver this season with the steps she has put into place for the club, developing Rangers Ladies to make an impact on the season ahead.”


Rangers face a difficult opening weekend in the new SWPL campaign, taking on champions Glasgow City at Petershill Park, Glasgow (kick-off 2:00pm).

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