Claire Emslie: Scotland forward joins Melbourne City on loan from Orlando Pride

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland
Claire Emslie (right) is moving to the W-League for the 2019-20 season
Claire Emslie (right) is moving to the W-League for the 2019-20 season

Scotland forward Claire Emslie says she wants to show Australia "Scots can play football" after joining Melbourne City on a season-long loan.

The 25-year-old agreed a move to Orlando Pride from Manchester City in late May, prior to playing at the World Cup.

The former Hibernian player has scored five goals for her country.

"I'm living out of a suitcase most of my life but I'm enjoying it," said Emslie.

"I'm excited to experience something new because I feel that everywhere I go I learn a lot, meet a lot of new people, and I'm excited to do that again.

"There's Melbourne City, Manchester City and New York City - they have all got sort of the same set up, so playing at Man City I kind of know the structure of it and Melbourne is the same. So I'm looking forward to the professionalism and getting better."

City director of football Michael Petrillo said: "She has raw pace, the ability to beat players and to score goals.

"She's also very versatile, where she's able to play across all three positions in the front line."

City finished fifth in the W-League last season, with the new campaign kicking off on 14 November.

'We don't forget where we came from'

Scotland travel to Albania this week in their second qualifier for the 2021 European Championships.

They opened their campaign with an 8-0 thumping of Cyprus at Easter Road in August, but know they face a sterner test returning to the country they clinched World Cup qualification in last year.

"Being at a tournament like the World Cup and the Euros before it kind of breeds a bit of hunger," said Emslie, who scored the opener against Cyprus.

"We don't forget where we have come from. You know, we have to work for everything and just because of the standings it doesn't guarantee you're going to win. We won't look too much into that.

"We'll obviously be proud that we've been to tournaments before but we won't take any game lightly."

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