Ahead of Scotland’s first home World Cup Qualifier of the new campaign against Albania, Shelley Kerr and the squad met up with the First Minister.


Attending St. Andrew’s House, the squad received their caps from the 2-1 win over Belarus from Nicola Sturgeon who is the patron for the national side.


The First Minister took up her ambassadorial role in March 2016. Through her position, she has promoted and championed the women’s national team, working with football authorities to encourage the ever-increasing participation in the women’s game, whilst continuing to grow attendances.


After the visit Shelley Kerr said: “It is an incredible honour to have the First Minister as our Patron and have the support of such an inspirational and influential leader. 


“After enjoying a productive week with the squad it was a boost for the squad to visit St. Andrew’s House, meeting the First Minister and have her present the players' caps from the Belarus match.”


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I was delighted to host the reception for Shelley and the women’s national team to recognise their success. 


“Following the courageous but heart-breaking performance at the European Championships in the summer – their first ever appearance at the a major international tournament – I wanted to wish them well for the World Cup qualifiers.


“We’ve started this campaign strongly and I am sure Shelley and the rest of the staff can lead this talented team to France. They are inspiring role models and I am incredibly proud to be the patron.


“Interest in the women’s game has never been higher, and I am determined the Scottish Government supports that. 


“We want women and girls of all ages to be inspired to kick a ball and for men and women to attend games. 


“I hope the whole of Scotland roars the team on to victory against Albania, and in the remaining fixtures.”


The match against Albania is at the Paisley 2012 Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm with free entry for all supporters