Lewis footballer Rachael Johnstone impressed selectors so much at last weekend’s development training that she’s been selected for the Scotland squad – for the third consecutive time!

14-year-old Rachael, who lives in Balallan and goes to Sir E Scott school in Tarbert, was in Aberdeen from Friday (January 25th) to Sunday alongside players from women’s U16 development squads at Celtic, Rangers, Hibs and Manchester United, among others, for an arduous weekend of training.

She impressed manager Paul Brownlie enough for selection to join the Scotland squad who will go to Portugal in two weeks, to meet the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany in a development tournament.

As one of two goalkeepers in the squad, she’s certain of action between the three matches, which start on Thursday February 14th with Netherlands v Scotland. On Saturday 16th it’s Scotland v Portugal and the Germany v Scotland match is on Monday 18th February.

Rachael’s mum Rhona Johnstone said: “We are absolutely delighted that Rachael has been selected for the Scotland women’s u16 squad to face Portugal, Germany & the Netherlands in the Algarve next month. It’s down to a lot of hard work, dedication & commitment as well as fantastic support from everyone who has helped her along the way.”

When at home, Rachael plays for Lewis and Harris WFC as well as in the Stornoway Athletic u15 development squad. She previously joined the Scotland squad for matches in Poland in September and an international friendly against Wales in October last year.

The picture shows the u16 development camp participants on an icy Aberdeen seafront last weekend (Donna Anderson).