RANGERS goalkeeper 17-year-old Chloe Nicholson is a trailblazer for talent from the Western Isles, says an article on the Rangers Football Club website this weekend.
The youngster was identified by Scotland’s National Team coaches and then recommended to Head Coach Amy McDonald and the Rangers Academy, the article explains.
She began training with the Gers first team at the start of 2019.
Chloe is flown in by the club to train and play with the help of the Lewis & Harris Rangers Supporters Club which held a fundraiser for the stopper, raising £2000.
She now has two first team appearances under her belt following impressive wins against Stirling and Forfar. This weekend she is in line to face Hibernian in the Gers final game before the summer break.
Chloe said: “It meant a lot to sign for Rangers; it had always been my dream when I was younger. I always wanted to play for Rangers and then work my way up to the first-team.
“My dad used to play, and I used to watch him then one of my local clubs asked me to play for them and that is where I started from, playing for the boys’ team.
"I played in goal once and have loved it ever since, it is really good being in goal.
“Wearing the Rangers badge means so much to me, I am so happy to be playing for them.
“I have been training with the Scotland Under-17s and that is hopefully putting me on the path to the international team, which is my big ambition, as well as playing for the Rangers first team.
“I hope to inspire the younger kids from the Islands that it is possible to follow their dreams.
“It is very hard to juggle football with my schoolwork.
"It was hard at first flying back and forth but after a while I got used to it.”
Amy McDonald is the one responsible for allowing Chloe to break into the first team set-up at Rangers. In the 4-1 win over Stirling on May 5, the game she gave the keeper her debut she also played fellow 17-year-old Rosie McQuillan for the same time, alongside 21-year-old Shivon Honeyman.
McDonald said: “It was great to have some of the youth players come on and make their first-team debut.
“We gave three players their first appearance, Shivon had been in since pre-season training with us, Rosie too who is still in the Under-17 squad and I thought she showed great composure.
“Then the final of the three was Chloe who came on in goal and did a great job. Her communication given that she is flying in and out from Stornoway and doesn’t know the girls as well, was exceptional.
“We were really happy to accommodate her, and she really has great ability.”
Photograph from Rangers Football Club website.