SCOTLAND WOMEN kick off their 2015 Cyprus Cup campaign this evening when they face Canada in Nicosia and Hibs defender Kirsty Smith is hoping for another unforgettable experience.
Smith, joined in the Scottish squad by club team-mate Chloe Arthur, made her senior debut for the national side late last year in a World Cup qualification play-off defeat against Holland.
Scotland coach Anna Signeul – who recently signed a new two-year deal that will take her past her tenth anniversary in the position – will use the Cyprus competition to experiment with new players and a new system, with Smith likely to be given a run-out.
Smith commented: “I’m really looking forward to the Cyprus Cup. It’ll be good to gain more experience playing against top teams in a great tournament.
“For me, training with the team every day will be an incredible experience, but to get some game time would be a real bonus.
“There is a lot of competition for places in our squad but I will keep working hard to give myself the best opportunity to keep my place.
“Playing against Holland in the play-offs was an amazing experience and one I will never forget.
“I knew how much it meant to everyone so it was a very nerve-wracking moment, but I feel it has helped me develop as a player.
“To get called into the squad for such an important game was a very big shock and I learned a lot while I was there. Being around the team and training with them has helped me grow as a player.
“Anna has been great with me, she has told me to keep working hard and I’m very thankful for the opportunities I have been given up until now.”
After playing the Canadians this evening, Scotland face Italy on Friday, Republic of Ireland on Monday before a final positional match next Wednesday.