THE granddaughter of former Hearts and Scotland player Sandy Jardine has revealed she is to follow in his footballing footsteps.
Hannah Scott, 18, from Bonnyrigg, who plays for Hearts Ladies, has been offered a soccer scholarship with US college Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena this summer.
However, before she jets off she has announced plans to leap from a plane in an effort to raise much-needed funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of her recently departed grandfather.
City-born Jardine – who died aged 65 on April 24 following a battle with cancer – won the European Cup Winners’ Cup with Rangers before later signing for the Tynecastle club he supported as a boy.
Hannah’s charity skydive with best friend, Daniel Greenwood, 17, will take place near Strathallan on May 17.
She said: “I’m a wee bit terrified but I’ve always wanted to do one and it’s the perfect way to raise money for a charity which was dear to my grandad.
“He’d have raised his eyebrows but I think he’d really happy that I’m doing it for Marie Curie. He donated a lot of money to them himself over the years. He also believed in giving support to others affected by cancer.
“In his last months, Marie Curie nurses did everything in their power to make him as comfortable as possible. It was thanks to them that he was able to stay at home when he was told that the cancer was terminal. I want to raise as much money as possible to give other families the same support.”
Following her leap into the unknown, Hannah, who hopes to one day become a PE teacher or strength and conditioning coach, will begin packing from her US adventure.
In an odd twist of fate. Hannah’s position is right back wearing the No 2, the same position and number filled by her two-time winning Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year grandfather.
She said: “My grandad helped me to apply for the scholarship and he was over the moon when I got it. It’s a four-year degree and I get paid for playing for the university team at the same time.
“I’m really looking forward it, it’s a great opportunity.”
Jardine was laid to rest at Mortonhall Crematorium on May 2. Sir Alex Ferguson, Ally McCoist and Hearts manager Gary Locke were among 500 mourners paying their respects at the service where he was remembered as a “legend in his lifetime”.
Jardine – christened William but known as Sandy due to his hair colour – was named Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year for a second time aged 37 while playing for Hearts and months later became the club’s joint manager with Alex MacDonald.