29 March 2013

Under the spotlight with Rangers Ladies #10 Lisa Swanson

by William Cahill | Guest Contributor

To take us away from the usual stories and blogs about league reconstruction, I’ve managed to get one of our rising stars in the Rangers Ladies side who’s taken time out of her busy schedule to talk to the CRO about what it’s like playing in the famous blue jersey.

Lisa Swanson, 21 of Saltcoats, North Ayrshire has been with Rangers since the Ladies team first came into existence. This will be her sixth year at Ibrox since leaving Kilmarnock to follow in the footsteps of many Rangers legends.

"I always wanted to play for Rangers, even before they had the Ladies side,” says Swanson, and when the call came from Ibrox in 2008 for her, it was just too good to refuse.

Ever the professional, she relies on drives from team-mates and public transport to travel up the West Coast to attend training four nights a week in Glasgow. A bit of a struggle at times, but she reckons it will finally pay off in the end.

However, this does not dampen her spirit and desire to do well in the blue jersey. Camaraderie is at an all-time high in the dressing room and manager Angie Hind may just lead our girls in blue to success this season.

Swanson was keen to give praise to her coach for her own personal development as well: "I am constantly learning and improving as a player due to the high standard of coaching at the Club,” she said. "Getting to train at Ibrox and Murray Park is amazing and the facilities are by far the best in Scotland."

Not only does “Swanny” wear our number 10 jersey, but she also holds a season ticket at Ibrox, watching our men’s side in action every other week. Lisa has also had the privilege of meeting many of her heroes in person thanks to her status as a Rangers player.

Lisa has many great memories in a Rangers jersey, both as a fan and player, but nothing comes close to scoring a winning penalty in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Old Firm rivals Celtic. A moment I think we all would love to experience and cherish forever.

She has, on many occasions though, been in the stands with us celebrating our Club’s never-ending success. Swanny describes the 2008 UEFA Cup Semi-Final victory over Fiorentina a one of her favourite triumphs as a Bluenose.

I think we all, as Rangers fans, get a wee bit nostalgic when discussing that particular game.

Forever dedicated to the cause, Swanny plans to stay at Rangers until she retires and hopes to win the
Scottish Women’s Premier League and all the other accolades on offer as a Blue Belle, adding, "I want to be at Rangers as long as possible and hopefully win the Treble."

Coaching and possibly management is also an aim of Swanny’s, once she hangs up her boots and calls it a day. Something, we hope that won’t happen for many years to come.

It’s a sacred honour to wear the blue jersey and it’s even sweeter when you grow up supporting the Club. We would all sweat blood for Rangers, but unfortunately it’s just a dream for the vast majority of us.

"No person in particular inspires me to do well. The only inspiration I need is the blue jersey I pull on for Rangers every week,” says Swanson.

“I want to do well for the Club, my teammates, the coaches and the manager, and of course, the fans."

Lisa Swanson is Rangers ‘til she dies like the rest of us and has been given the grandest stage in Scottish football to demonstrate her talent and skill.

Use it wise and use it well, Swanny. Give them hell.

You can find Lisa on Twitter at @Lisa10__

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