Saturday, 7 March 2020
Scotland v Iceland
Kick-off 2pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena
Live on BBC ALBA

Fresh from Wednesday’s impressive 3-0 win against a dogged Ukraine side, Scotland’s attentions now turn to the challenge of familiar opponents Iceland.

This will be the second of three games to be played in Spain as Scotland compete for the Pinatar Cup.

Iceland opened their tournament account with a hard fought 1-0 win over Kenny Shiels’ Northern Ireland.

Head to head

Saturday will be Scotland Iceland’s fifth match against each other in four years. Scotland have beaten their Icelandic counterparts three times in their seven match ups.

Their most recent game came last year when Scotland defeated Iceland 4-1 at the Algarve Cup with Lizzie Arnot scoring two.

Scotland’s most notable match against Iceland took place in 2016, when they defeated them on their own patch 2-1 just days after securing historic Euro 2017 qualification.

Pre-match thoughts

Hibernian midfielder Rachael Boyle said: “There’s a good mix of youth and experience in the squad and you can really see the competition for places now.

“There were a lot of fresh faces in the team against Ukraine so to come away with a 3-0 win is promising as that’s not happened in years before.

“At international level, I enjoy playing at right back but at club level I am in midfield. I’m happy to play wherever. 

“I’m pushing every session to try and be involved in the next camp. I’m not looking too far ahead as I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. It’s all about the here and now.”

As well as being a Scotland internationalist, Rachael Boyle is also a mother to her daughter Amelia.

She said: “For me personally, life is a lot different to me as I am a Mum first and foremost.

“I have a lot of responsibilities off the field and find myself trying to keep in touch with my family more and make sure everything is going OK back home before concentrating on football.

“Being a Mum has given me a release from playing football. When I used to come away all I would think about would be football but now in my downtime I have something else to think about and that gives me a little bit of a break during all the busyness of training sessions.

“It allows me to refresh and refocus. It’s working for me so far and hopefully it continues.

“During pregnancy I never put the pressure on myself of playing again for Scotland as I’d been out of the national team for a few years.

“When I fell pregnant I thought I would never be back playing for Scotland but I’ve worked hard and luckily for me Shelley has seen something in me that she likes and brought me back in. 

“I look back at photos of me just after the pregnancy and I was huge so to see the size of me now and the fitness level I’m at is something I’m happy with but I know I’ve still got some way to go to compete with the full-time players.”

Pinatar Cup Fixtures and Results

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Northern Ireland 0-1 Iceland
Kick-off 2pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Ukraine 0-3 Scotland
Kick-off 6pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena

Saturday, 7 March 2020
Scotland v Iceland
Kick-off 2pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena
Live on BBC ALBA

Saturday, 7 March 2020
Ukraine v Northern Ireland
Kick-off 6pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena

Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Iceland v Ukraine
Kick-off 2pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena

Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Northern Ireland v Scotland
Kick-off 7.30 pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena
Live on BBC ALBA

Scotland Squad

Goalkeepers
Lee Alexander (Glasgow City)
Jenna Fife (Rangers FC)
Shannon Lynn (Vittsjö GIK)

Defenders
Nicola Docherty (Rangers)
Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals)
Hannah Godfrey (Tottenham Hotspur)
Sophie Howard (Reading)
Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City)
Emma Mitchell (Tottenham Hotspur*)
Kirsty Smith (Manchester United)

Midfielders
Lizzie Arnot (Manchester United)
Rachael Boyle (Hibernian)
Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City)
Lucy Graham (Everton)
Sam Kerr (Glasgow City)
Amy Muir (Hibernian)
Christie Murray (Liverpool)
Caroline Weir (Manchester City)

Forwards
Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea)
Claire Emslie (Melbourne City**)
Lisa Evans (Arsenal)
Abbi Grant (Birmingham City)
Jane Ross (Manchester United)
Martha Thomas (West Ham United)

*On Loan from Arsenal Women
**On Loan from Orlando Pride