Ex-Hibs and Spartans coach Shelley Kerr appointed Scotland boss

Shelley Kerr is "extremely proud and honoured" to be the new Scotland women's head coach
Shelley Kerr is "extremely proud and honoured" to be the new Scotland women's head coach
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Former Hibs and Spartans coach Shelley Kerr has been appointed as the new head coach of the Scotland women’s national team.

Kerr, who earned 59 caps for Scotland, succeeds Anna Signeul, who will step down from the role after the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 finals this summer.

In a 20-year playing career, Kerr turned out for a number of clubs including Kilmarnock, Hibs, Doncaster Rovers Belles and Spartans, wining every major club honour in Scotland.

She coached Kilmarnock, Hibs and Spartans and became the first female manager in British men’s senior football when she took charge of Stirling University in 2014.

Kerr said: “I am extremely proud and honoured to be named as coach of the Scotland Women’s National Team.

“As a young girl, and being extremely passionate about Scotland, it was my ambition to represent my country and now to get the opportunity to lead the women’s national team is a dream come true.

“I have never hidden the fact that I have always been very ambitious as an aspiring coach and I have tried to give myself as broad a skillset as possible to help me achieve my goals.

“My time as manager of Stirling University was extremely beneficial to my personal and professional development. The knowledge sharing and support, expertise and guidance provided by the high performance coaches there have made the last three years an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

“Anna Signeul has done a fantastic job throughout her 12 years in the role and has really changed the perception of the girls’ and women’s game in Scotland.

“We have a great group of players and my goal is to continue the good work and sustain the level of success that the team has achieved in recent years.”