Say hello, wave goodbye

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GLASGOW City were celebrating the signing of two players for the second phase of the season.

First to sign was 19-year-old Nicola Docherty who comes to the side from Rangers.

Nicola, a full back, has played at all Scottish youth levels and gained her first involvement with the full senior national team when she was picked for the squad to face France last May and earned her debut four months later when she came on as a substitute in the friendly win over Finland.

Head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “I have admired Nicky’s ability for a number of years now and I am delighted she has decided to join us.

“She fits the bill perfectly and has all the ingredients I look for in a Glasgow City player and defender.

“She is still a very young player and supplements our already young and very talented side.

“I have no doubt we will begin to see the very best of her over the next few seasons and I am thrilled it will be in a Glasgow City shirt.

“When you have a very good squad of players it is vital that you only make additions that can enhance the team and improve our challenge both at home and in Europe.

“With Nicky, we have most definitely done this and I look forward to working with her”.

Glasgow City’s second signing is 24-year-old midfielder Leanne Crichton who makes the swap from Hibernian.

Leanne has a wealth of experience to draw upon having previously played for Celtic before switching to Hibs.

Eddie said: “I am delighted to have secured the signature of Leanne — there is no doubt she is a very talented player.

“Once it was apparent that we needed another midfielder, then we very quickly identified Leanne as the main target for this area.

“I don’t foresee her having many problems fitting into the team’s system and style of play.

“She has game intelligence, great vision and a range of passing that is without limit.

“Add the fact that she is brave and wants the ball all the time, then this signing is very significant in our development as a team”.

Speaking of joining up with Glasgow City, Leanne said: “I am delighted to have signed for Glasgow City.

“It is an opportunity that I never thought I would get.

“I am hungry for success and at a stage of my career where I feel ready to take that next step.

“It’s a great team with a great set up and great players.

“I am excited for the season ahead”.

But while welcoming new players to the team, staff at Glasgow City have expressed regret that two of the team are being forced to retire.

Midfielder Clare Gemmell and defender Jill Paterson have found it too difficult to juggle commitment to the squad along with full-time jobs.

Jill, a PE teacher, joined City from Newburgh in 2007 while policewoman Clare joined from Celtic a year later.