Abbi Grant on Club v Country

We caught up with Abbi Grant about club life and what happens on international duty with Scotland. 

The Scottish forward rose through the ranks of the national side, playing for the U15s, U17s and U19s on the way to making her senior debut in Scotland’s 8-0 win over Cyprus on 30th September 2019.  

We caught up with Blues’ talented forward to find out what life is like on international camp, how she felt when she received the call from Shelley Kerr, and how Scotland are preparing for their upcoming match against Albania on Friday night.

How does Scotland camp differ from Blues?

When I am away with the Scotland squad, the main difference is that we only have a small amount of time together, so we have to make the most of the time together.

At Blues, we spend every day working together towards a specific game, and have much more time to focus on opponents and analyse strengths and weaknesses from previous games.

On international duty, we unfortunately don’t have the same amount of time together. After a game, you have to wait until the next camp to analyse your game performance as a team.

It does mean that every day on camp is crucial for preparation and making sure we get what we need out of it. Camp during the last international break in particular allowed us to work on things without the pressure of a game, so we were able to take a closer look at what we all need to work towards on and off the pitch.

Who is your roommate when you’re away on camp?

My roommate is Chloe Arthur - I canny get rid of her!

It’s great to get away with Scotland as I get to catch up with my best friends who I used to play with at Glasgow City.

Funnily enough, me and Chloe are just as close on camp as we are at Birmingham. But I do miss my little besties Bri (Visalli) and Becks (Holloway) back at Blues.  

How did it feel when you got the call-up and made your senior debut?

It is always an honour to get called up to play for your country. A lot of hard work has got me to where I want to be, so I feel a lot of pride when I do get called up.

I was proud to make my debut and it was an emotional moment for me and my family. There is no better feeling than representing your country and it is good to know that the hard work is paying off.

When I get called up I always feel so happy and filled with a lot of emotion as moments like this do not come easy and I have made plenty of sacrifices along the way.

What are your dreams and aspirations?

I enjoy waking up every day and calling football my job, it’s a dream come true.

One dream that has already come true is to play in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Another aspiration is to play in a major tournament with Scotland and to get as far as we possibly can.

I want to play as many minutes as possible every time I get called up for Scotland.

Describe a day in the life with Scotland and Blues:

It’s an early start for both club and country.

With Scotland, we stay on the campus we are training at, so everything is in walking distance. We are downstairs for 8:30am ready for breakfast. After brekkie, we have prehab at 10:30am and our pitch session starts at 11am.

We break for lunch and a rest before we go again with another pitch or a gym session. Late afternoon, we will head back to the hotel to have dinner then finish the day off with a team meeting at 7:30pm. Then supper for those who are feeling peckish.

A typical day at Blues starts at the training ground at 9am. We have analysis in the morning, which is different from doing it at night with Scotland, then we will do prehab and be on the pitch for 11am.

I will usually then go home for some lunch, before we have a gym session in the afternoon. We are finished by 4:30am then I go home and relax for the rest of the evening.

How are you feeling about Scotland’s next match on Friday?

I’m honoured to be called up to the squad again and really looking forward to the upcoming qualifier against Albania. I’m feeling really excited!

We all know what our goal is and that is to qualify for the Euro’s in 2021.

Everyone is excited and ready to go, we are determined to get a result over there and take three points back home.

Don’t miss Abbi and Chloe Arthur in action!

Scotland v Albania kicks off at 5:10pm on Friday 8 November with commentary on the @ScotlandNT Twitter.