SWPL1: Rangers sign Johnstone

Rangers have boosted their squad prior to their trip to Aberdeen for this weekends Scottish Women’s Premier League fixture.

After last weekend’s win against Spartans, Niamh Johnston has joined Rangers from rivals Celtic.

The defender, who spent her youth career at the club said is was fantastic to rejoin speaking, she said: “I enjoyed probably my most successful time in my career at this club and have always been fond of the set up and the coaches so being back as a first team player is terrific.

” I left my previous club kind of abruptly, I had played out of position for over a year and they were keen not to revert me back to defence so my confidence was really knocked.”

Speaking about how she came about signing, Niamh said:

“The first person I phoned was Peter (Kennedy) I worked with him for years when I used to play here, he knows me well and I knew he would bring my confidence back up.

“I had a chat with him and Kevin and when they asked to sign me I was never going to say no, the two of them have been great encouragement for me.”

There are a few familiar faces at Rangers but Niamh has only played with recent signing, Rhonda Jones in senior football.

She said: ”Despite having played here for many years previously there’s not that many players I’ve played with before.

“I have briefly played with Rhonda at Celtic, she is a terrific player to have in any team so its been good being back training with her.

“Clare Adams and Chantelle Brown I also played with at youth they were always tremendous talents and haven’t changed.”

In preparation for the approaching game, the new signing said: “Training has been great, the standard from both the players and coaches I think is different level.

“For a time I dreaded training but here everyone is upbeat and encouraging from the coaches to the players to even the physios there’s such a good atmosphere that gives players great confidence and belief in themselves, and I’ve really felt the difference.

“The competition for players is also very evident and I think this adds to training as everyone is pushing themselves individually and trying to give the coaches something to think about, I’m enjoying that aspect too.”

Rangers travel to Heathryfold on Sunday for one of the real tests of the season. About her possible debut, Niamh said: “As for Sunday if you ask any player in the league they will probably agree Aberdeen away from home is one of the toughest fixtures, I’m feeling confident though.

“The girls really ground out a result on Sunday against Spartans, dug deep and never gave up and this will stand us in good stead for Sunday if we show the same desire I definitely think we will come away with three points.”

Reported by Maryanne Orr Picture: Rangers FC


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