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Avoch footballer Rachel McLauchlan named Scottish Women's Premier League player of the month for October after impressing for Rangers

By Andrew Henderson

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Avoch footballer Rachel McLauchlan has been named player of the month for the top flight of women's football in Scotland for October.

Now at Rangers after starting her career at Inverness City as a teenager, McLauchlan is part of the side leading the way in the Scottish Women's Premier League One and won the award based on a vote made up of a combination of the public and head coaches in the division.

Rangers are still unbeaten at the top of the table, winning three out of their four games in October with their only slip up coming in a 1–1 draw against McLauchlan's previous club Glasgow City, who are aiming to win a 15th title in-a-row.

The full back played an important role in that run of form, creating nine chances in those matches and claiming four assists – three of which came in the same match against league newcomers Aberdeen.

“I’m delighted to win this," McLauchlan told the SWPL website.

"Winning individual awards is always nice but the key thing for me in October was the results as a team.

"We had some really important games and we’ve come away winning three out of four and undefeated.

“I feel like I’m contributing to the team really well at the moment. We’ve only conceded three goals in the league and I’ve got seven assists already.

"We’re in a really great place as a team so want to keep that momentum going for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.”

McLauchlan's strong form has also seen her keep her place in Pedro Martinez Losa's Scotland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Spain later this month.

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