Women’s football: New Hutchie boss thinking big

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NEW HUTCHISON VALE manager Brian Ross believes he is the man to inject new life into the team and turn them into a force to be reckoned with in women’s football.

Ross has replaced Andy Enwood in the Hutchie hot-seat and today laid out his plans to take the Scottish Premier League by storm.

Hutchie face Inverness City tomorrow afternoon at Saughton Enclosure (kick-off 2.00pm), looking to build on last weekend’s victory over Hamilton Academical.

“In the men’s game, everyone knows who Hutchison Vale are but not so much in the women’s game and I promise you this will change,” said Ross.

“The team are hanging on just now by the skin of their teeth and it’ll be a battle to survive. Defeating Hamilton was a bit of a watershed. If we hadn’t won our season would’ve almost certainly been over.

“First, we must survive but I’m already making plans for next season and believe we will be top three.

“I truly believe we’ll be pushing Glasgow City and Hibs for the league title because I’ve faith in these girls.”

Ross intends to build his new-look side around former Hibs, Celtic, Rangers and Arsenal midfielder Natalie Ross.

He said: “I’ve never seen a better player than Natalie. She’s the heartbeat of my team.

“It’s unbelievable that Anna [Signeul, Scotland coach] has not created an environment that Natalie can engage with.”

Elsewhere, Hibs host Rangers at Albyn Park, Broxburn (2.00pm), Hearts face Stirling University and the students campus (4.20pm) and Spartans travel west to tackle Celtic at K-Park, East Kilbride (2.00pm).