Hibernian Girls Academy midfielder Rosie Livingstone has moved up to Dean Gibson's Hibernian Women squad.

Hibernian Girls Academy midfielder Rosie Livingstone has joined up with the Hibernian Women senior squad and will be available for selection in all forthcoming Park’s Motor Group SWPL 1 and Scottish Cup matches.

Rosie began her footballing journey at Hibernian in 2017, moulding her game as an attacking midfielder with every age group, most recently playing for Under-19 National Performance squad.

"This is a squad full of talented players and I’m looking forward to the challenge they bring. I can’t wait to get started!"

ROSIE LIVINGSTONE

Rosie has received glowing praise during her time in the academy and made two appearances for Dean Gibson’s first team last season, scoring her first goal in senior football after coming off the bench in a 7-0 win over Forfar Farmington.

Rosie’s efforts have earned her international recognition as well, with the midfielder receiving regular call-ups to the Scotland Women Under-17 Training Camp.

Making an impact in her second senior appearance...

Dean Gibson spoke about Rosie’s promotion to the first team, saying: “We felt this was the right time to fully promote Rosie to our squad. She has been on a development plan for a while now that I feel has been hugely beneficial for her. That included training with us three times per week. Each week, she seemed to get better & better while looking more comfortable in the environment. We are excited to see her progress that wee bit more now with game time in SWPL1.

“I always knew Rosie would be a Hibs first team player. I worked with Rosie when she was about eight or nine years old through the SFA programmes in Haddington. She was extremely talented and training with boys who were around 10 to 12 years old. I first approached Rosie & her dad to come into the academy in January 2017. We kept in touch that year before she finally joined at the end of that season. So right from the start of Rosie’s young career, she was someone I was aware of and extremely keen to get into the club. She has a massive future.

“Rosie’s a young player and we can’t ignore the development side of the game is still extremely important. There will be no pressure on her other than to work hard and keep on trying to improve and learn. I’ve no doubt Rosie’s work ethic and willingness to learn will give her the best opportunity to succeed.”

Livingstone will be available for selection for the remainder of the season.

Rosie was quick to express her delight at making the switch to first team action, saying: “I’m very excited to be moving into the first team. I am really grateful to be getting this opportunity especially so early in my career and are looking forward to developing myself with the high quality of players and coaches around me. This is a squad full of talented players and I’m looking forward to the challenge they bring. I can’t wait to get started!

“Having had opportunities last year, I feel I understand the difference in level between under-19s and first team football a bit more. I think that this will bring me confidence in the upcoming games and allow me to impact these games positively and hopefully add a few more goals in my career on the way.”

Article: Jack Donnelly