Scotland unfortunately didn’t qualify for the round of 16 in the Women’s World Cup this year, having lost or drawn all of their group stage matches, but that doesn’t mean it was all disappointment. Maybe a little bit, considering midfielder Christie Murray was the only Liverpool player to play in this year’s tournament, but mostly excitement.
In an interview before the start of the tournament, Murray spoke of that excitement and the chance to grow the women’s game, for Scotland and the rest of the world, as Scotland’s first excursion onto the world stage.
“For us, it’s just excitement,” Murray said. “It’s something that people will be wanting to watch as well so we’re hoping that can help the women’s game as well.”
The Scotland squad isn’t going out with the main goal of growing the game — the onus for that shouldn’t be on any one team, to be honest — but the fact that the game has changed in ways good and bad isn’t lost on Murray and the Scotland squad.
“It’ll be big, the game has grown a lot since the Euros. There’s been huge crowds and there’s been a massive interest in it. Hopefully we can take it forward even more,” continued Murray.
”Even from a personal perspective, I came home and so many people were saying ‘Good luck, we’ll be watching’. That has never happened before.
”It’s never happened before in Scotland so hopefully we can generate even more of an interest and inspire the next generation in Scotland to get involved in football.”
Again, it’s truly unfortunate that Scotland weren’t able to make it through to the round of 16 after losses to opponents England, Jamaica, and a draw with Argentina, but they weren’t without their fights - a 3-3 draw against Argentina being the most exciting result from their time in the tournament. The time now is for rest and to focus on the upcoming FA WSL season and hopefully keeping her mind on Liverpool because Murray’s talents are needed more than ever.