Scotland will meet familiar opposition in UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualification, having been drawn alongside Finland, Portugal, Albania and Cyprus in Group E earlier this afternoon.
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Shelley Kerr will come up against her predecessor as Scotland head coach, as Anna Signeul's Finland look to provide stern opposition in Scotland's pursuit of a third consecutive appearance at a major tournament.
Signeul led Scotland to UEFA Women's EURO 2017, where her team came up against fellow debutants Portugal. That match saw Erin Cuthbert score Scotland's first ever goal at a major tournament, with the two sides set to meet again on the road to England 2021.
Scotland players and supporters alike will have fond memories of recent encounters with Albania; a 2-1 win last year sealed qualification for this summer's FIFA World Cup in France.
The qualifying campaign will also see a small piece of SWNT history being made, as Kerr's side come up against Cyprus for the first time in international football.
What they said
Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr: "Portugal and Finland will both be tough ties, but in a draw like this you're going to get those tough fixtures no matter who you're drawn against.
"Portugal are a really good team, they've developed massively over the past few years. Finland, too, are a great team- there have been some interesting results between the pair of us over the years. In terms of ranking, there's not much between Finland and Portugal, so in that respect it's a tough group.
"We're in the process of negotiating the fixtures now and that'll be key for us. We want to get the right fixutres at the right times of the season. Overall though, it's exciting - draws always give you that sense of anticipation.
"Back-to-back qualifications have raised the expectation levels for us, both internally and externally. We want to be competing and be back at the EUROs again."
Scotland goalkeeper Lee Alexander: "it's a good draw, but a tough draw as always. We're very fortunate to have been in the position of first seeds, but we're going up against a strong Finland team.
"Logistically, it's a good group too - we've been to Albania before and to Cyprus on several occasions, so we know what to expect.
"It'll be good to come up against Anna. Finland are a good team, who have been in many major tournaments over the years. It'll be strange seeing Anna on the other side of the dugouts, but we're looking forward to it.
"Qualifying has to be our number one aim, especially as top seeds. I think we're now a team that can compete with the world's best, so our expectation has to be to go out and win every time we step on the pitch.
"We had a great campaign at home in the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers - we're looking forward to doing it again."