Nicola Docherty: Rangers, Glasgow City and developing as a pro

You signed for Rangers WFC in 2020. How are you enjoying your time at the club and how would you describe a club such as Rangers WFC?

I am absolutely loving it obviously when the opportunity came from my agency telling me that Rangers WFC were interested in signing me. It was one that I could not turn down. I also spent eight happy years at Glasgow City as well but I just thought for the time in my career that it was time to make a change and it’s a team that I have supported since I was a kid as well so I was buzzing to get that move and to play for such a big club as well and say that I play for Rangers WFC is a big honour.

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You played eight seasons for Falkirk Ladies. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any highlights or special memories?

Falkirk Ladies was amazing. I am from Falkirk and it was a women’s team that was run by a women called Alison Mackie and she has been a huge influence in my career and she always believed in me from a young age and that is when I also got my first call up’s to Scotland squads as well during my time involved with Falkirk. We won numerous titles during my time there and I was also top goalscorer too. Falkirk was a very happy time for me having made my debut in the Scottish First Division at only 16 years of age. I loved Falkirk Ladies and I am very thankful for what they have done for me in my career.

You have been capped by Scotland. How do you look back on representing your country and what are your highlights and memories of playing international football?

I won my first cap against Finland and we won 7-2 and I just remember going away with the first team squad and it was my most nerve racking experience ever but I remember Jennifer Beattie our centre halve she kind of took me under her wing and she made me feel very welcome as all the girls did. My ultimate moment has to be the 2019 World Cup in France and going away to play for my country in a World Cup was unbelievable and I still get goosebumps talking about it now. It was just honesty unbelievable and probably the best experience I will ever have in my football career.

You have accrued a lot of experience at club and international level, could you say who are among the best players you have played alongside so far in your career?

I would probably have to say Kim Little. She is just an out and out amazing midfielder and we played together for Scotland and she is also very fit. As a striker I also played with Julie Fleeting and she is one of the best top goal-scorers that Scotland have ever produced.

I can imagine in your position as a defender that you have come up against many difficult opponents. Could you say which opponents have stood out for you in terms of talent and ability?

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A difficult question as I have faced many good opponents. I remember playing for Glasgow City in the Champions League and we were playing against Chelsea FC Women and their right winger at the time was Gemma Davidson and she was just so explosive and difficult to deal with and from when I played at the World Cup I played against Lucy Bronze and Nikita Paris and that was a difficult game so those players are up there with the best opponents I have faced so far in my career.

Finally Nicola, You mentioned Alison Mackie. Could you say who are the coaches and managers who have meant a lot to you and played a key role in your development as a professional footballer?

I think it would definitely have to be when I moved from Rangers WFC and I went to Glasgow City. Eddie Wolecki Black who I was with for a number of years and I think that is the time where he made me realize what kind of player I was going to be and he pushed me at every single level to make me become a hundred percent and play at a hundred percent of my ability so I would have to say him.

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