Ukraine v Scotland

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Kick-off 6pm (UK time)

Pinatar Arena

Live on Scotland National Team Social Media Channels


Scotland will play their first match of 2020 when they take on Ukraine in Spain as they compete for the Pinatar Cup.

The match will be shown live across the Scotland National Team Social Media Channels with commentary coming from Stuart Mitchell and Scotland Women's Under-17s head coach Pauline MacDonald.


In the March international window, Scotland will play two other games in the next week, also taking on Iceland and Northern Ireland as they look to finish first in the preparation tournament for the upcoming Euro 2021 Qualifiers.

Head to head

Scotland’s most recent matches against Ukraine came in 2007 and 2008 when they played them twice for European Championship qualification. A 2-1 loss away from home was then followed up by a 1-0 defeat at home in a game where a certain Shelley Kerr played at centre back.

Ukraine are ranked 27th in the world, two places ahead of Euro 2021 qualification challengers Finland.

Pre-match thoughts

Manchester City midfielder Caroline Weir said: “It’s great to get the squad back together for these three games.

“This March international window is always good to get some minutes under our belts for Scotland ahead of some crucial qualifiers later in the year.

“Ukraine are similarly ranked to Finland which will obviously give us a good indication of where we’re at.

“We want to win all three games and I think this squad is more than capable of delivering three positive results.

“The squad is competitive at the moment with a few fresh faces coming in so we all know that no spot is guaranteed.

“The last year or so has been an amazing learning curve for the squad. The World Cup seems so long ago now and although it ended in a disappointing way we’re all determined to come back stronger and have a successful 2020.

“I am enjoying my football at the moment with Manchester City, having just signed another two years and I’m determined to have another good year with the national team.

“Qualifying for the Euros again would be huge and that’s exactly what we want to do in 2020.”

Squad update

Kerr has named uncapped Martha Thomas from West Ham United who has previously trained with Scotland but has yet to play for her country.



Emma Mitchell returns to the squad having signed on loan to Tottenham Hotspur and scoring a memorable long-range effort for her new club last week.



In midfield, Sam Kerr has jetted out to Spain and will look to pick up her first cap for her country.

Injuries to Jen Beattie and Chloe Arthur mean Amy Muir 

and Nicola Docherty have been included in their place.

The matches in Spain will act as preparation for three home qualifiers, against Portugal, Albania and Finland with the games taking place in Edinburgh.



Scotland have started their EURO 2021 campaign in blistering fashion, comfortably beating Cyprus and Albania in their opening two games.



Kerr’s side will return to Pinatar after competing there last year, beating Brazil and drawing with Chile.

Watch live

You can watch the match live across the Scotland National Team social media channels:



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