Women's Sport: Rangers sign Chelsea Cornet from Hibernian

Rangers sign Chelsea Cornet from Hibernian

Rangers have signed Chelsea Cornet from Hibernian. The Scotland youth midfielder has signed an 18-month deal with the Glasgow club.

Cornet is the second player to move to Ibrox from Easter Road, as Scotland goalkeeper Jenna Fife also joined the club last month. 

The midfielder came through the youth ranks at the Edinburgh outfit and has made 20 international appearances for Scotland from under-15 to under-19 level.

Rangers Women's and Girls' Football Manager Amy McDonald is "delighted" that Chelsea has joined the club, and things "she will bring competition in the midfield area."

McDonald is confident Cornet can one day play for Scotland Women's national team and added:

“She will bring experience from her time at Hibs, has won things already in her career and knows what it will take to get to the top.”

As part of this deal, 21-year-old forward Carla Boyce - another youth international has been gone in the opposite direction and traded blue for green.

Boyce was one of 15 players released by the Blue Belles and joins a squad that has lost fellow 21-year-old Cailin Michie to professional football. The former Hibs full-back has joined Swedish champions Pitea.

"For them to be putting investment in to develop the women's side is massive," Cornet told Rangers' website.

"I have been at Hibs for a long time, but I think for me it was a case of I wanted a new challenge and, when Rangers came in, I was delighted and it was an opportunity that I couldn't let slip."

Rangers finished fourth in the 2019 Scottish Women's Premier League, 15 points behind Hibs and Celtic.

The Glasgow side, along with city rivals Celtic will go into the 2020 Scottish Women's Premier League as Scotland's first professional women's teams, while 14-time league winners Glasgow City and Hibs remain an amateur.

Gregory Vignal has bolstered his squad at the Ibrox by signing Northern Ireland internationals Demi Vance from Glentoran Belfast United, and Megan Bell from Durham, as well as goalkeeper Megan Cunningham from Celtic - plus fellow midfielder Kirsten Reilly from Bristol City.

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