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Reggae Girl McCoy heads to Scotland with Rangers WFC

Published:Saturday | August 7, 2021 | 12:06 AMDaniel Wheeler/Staff Reporter
Jamaica forward Kayla McCoy (left) kicks the ball away from American  defender Tierna Davidson during the second half of their 2021 Summer Series football match on Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Houston.
Jamaica forward Kayla McCoy (left) kicks the ball away from American defender Tierna Davidson during the second half of their 2021 Summer Series football match on Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Houston.

National senior team women’s football player, Kayla McCoy, is the latest international to make a move to Europe, as she has signed with Scottish club Rangers Women FC.

McCoy, 24, was officially unveiled on Wednesday as the club’s latest signing, ahead of the upcoming 2021-22 Scottish Women’s Premier League season. She begins her new chapter with the club after two years with National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) outfit the Houston Dash.

Speaking with Rangers TV on her new chapter, McCoy says that she is looking forward to adapting quickly to the group, which also features her national teammate, Chantelle Swaby, who is entering her second season with the club.

“I’m really excited! I feel like it has been a long time coming, I’ve been here training with the squad earlier on and I’m really excited to get some games in and be involved with the group,” McCoy said. “The quality of facilities was a big draw for me to come here. You can just see the pride that everyone has being a part of this club – it really does have that family atmosphere about it.”

PERFECT TIMING

It is not the first encounter that McCoy has had with the club recently. In an interview last June with her alma mater, Duke University, she credited time spent training and rehabilitating at the club in making her return to the Reggae Girlz team for their two international games that month against Nigeria and World champions United States. McCoy had suffered an ACL injury before the start of the 2020 NWSL fall season.

“The timing actually worked out pretty perfectly that, once I was allowed to start training again in an actual team environment, it was just starting to open back up and clubs were starting again. At that point, I started reaching back out to clubs and Rangers was the most attentive and most responsive,” she said.

“To be able to give that to a player that’s not playing for you, I think that says a lot about a club that’s willing to invest in a player that’s not even their player. I really liked that and it’s been a great environment to train in.”

Head coach Malky Thompson says that McCoy’s familiarity with the club from her training stint, as well as her skill set, will be an asset to the club that finished third last season, missing out on a Champions League place.

“Kayla has got vast experience in the women’s game. She was in training with the squad towards the end of last season and will be a valuable addition to our squad ahead of the 2021-22 season,” Thompson told the club’s website.

Rangers will begin their season on September 5 against Forfar Farmington.

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