FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier
Scotland v Albania
Paisley 2021 Stadium, Paisley
Tuesday 24 October, 2017, kick-off 7.30pm
Tomorrow night Scotland’s Euro 2017 heroes return to home soil for their first competitive home fixture since the tournament.
Next on the agenda for the Scotland Women’s team is to qualify for their first ever World Cup in 2019 in France.
They began the campaign with a 2-1 win away from home on Thursday against Belarus.
Scotland dominated throughout with Jane Ross equalising for the visitors after they conceded a shock goal.
In the second-half several chances were spurned but the three points were secured when a Jane Ross cross was diverted into the net following an attempted clearance by a Belarus defender.
The match against Albania will take place at the Paisley 2021 Stadium which is a happy hunting ground for the women’s team who defeated Slovenia 3-1 in their last game there where a Jane Ross double and Kim Little strike sealed the win.
Shelley Kerr: “We’ve come off the back of a really good away win over Belarus and we now need to build on that.
“Albania will be a team that will set up to defend and will make it very difficult for us.
“We need to be patient in our build up play and they will be play on the counter attack.
“They are a developing nation but have recently climbed two ranking places so we know they’ve got a couple of quick players who could cause us problems.
“We need to concentrate on what we have and it’ll be important to be patient during the match and take our chances when they come as we have a talented group.
“I was really pleased with the performance the other night and we showed just how much of an expansive attacking team we were.“
Jenny Beattie: “After missing out on the Euros, this is the most excited I’ve been about meeting up with the squad since my first call-up.
“Not going to the Euros was really disappointing but in a new era under Shelley Kerr it’s safe to say I’m really excited to be back involved.
“Coping not being in the Netherlands was about changing my mind-set and being focused on coming back as strong as possible.
“All the changes that Shelley has made have all been really positive. There is a really good vibe around the squad and we have won all our games so far which is always good too.
“I’ve got a few friends and family coming to the game which will be nice as I’ve not played a home game in more than a year.
“Hopefully it ‘ll be a good crowd and we can top it off with three points."
Where to watch
Entry to the match is FREE for all spectators with a large crowd expected. For those unable to make the match, BBC ALBA are showing the game live and there will be live updates from the Scottish FA Twitter account.
19 October 2017: Belarus 1-2 Scotland
24 October 2017: Scotland v Albania
5 April 2018 : Switzerland v Scotland
10 April 2018: Scotland v Poland
7 June 2018: Scotland v Belarus
12 June 2018: Poland v Scotland
30 August 2018: Scotland v Switzerland
4 September 2018 Albania v Scotland