Scotland’s most successful girl footballer was almost signed by Celtic – until the scout detected she was a girl.
Rose Reilly had a occupation that would make any top male Premiership player green with envy.
She ditched a Commonwealth Games athletics arrange to seek a busines in European football.
It culminated in the striker being voted best available actor in a World Cup-winning Italy team in 1983.
Rose – now 63 – glowed a course for women in the beautiful activity long before most women knew they had a sit in it.
From a kickabout with the boys at home in Stewarton, to playing at the San Siro for AC Milan and commanding Italy in the World cup finals, she always knew her spirit was the only situation she wanted to do.
After being chosen to represent Scotland in the Pentathlon at the Commonwealth Games, she quitted football to control what her coach referred to as “fitba thighs”.
She previous a week before announcing her athletics career was over.
Rose started toy football as soon as she could stroll and interest in her talents started early.
At the age of six, the manager of the local boys’ crew asked her to play.
She remembered one particular game where there was a Celtic scout watching.
In a rare interview, she told BBC Scotland’s John Beattie Show: “I was numeral seven and I valued eight purposes the working day. So the Celtic scout said he would like to speak to the wee boy, quantity 7.
“The coach said: ‘That’s a wee girl’.
“The scout said: ‘No, the one who valued all the goals’.
“So I spoke to the scout and he couldn’t repute I was a wee girl.
“That was my Celtic career over when they knew I was a female and I was so gutted because I picture if I was good enough I “shouldve been” representing for Celtic.”
Rose restrained playing and remained cutting her mane to fit into any unit line-up at a moment’s notice.
She was also referred to as “Ross”.
After moving her back on the Commonwealth Games, Rose requested a love in newspapers to find out if there was any football for women in Europe.
She detected a team in France – Stade de Rheims – and she decided that was where she was going.
“Me and my crony, a love called Edna who was a great footballer, decided to go there for a test, ” she said.
“I had just curved 17 and “were in” cheeky, saying we don’t do trials, we are over to mansion.
“So off we led and ran away rioting in Rheims and they ratified us on the dot.”
After six months at Rheims, the women were scouted by AC Milan.
Rose said: “They offered us a contract. Now they frisk their home recreations in the San Siro, so you don’t say no to that.”
By the time Rose was 18 she was playing for AC Milan.
She was living her reverie and appeared at home in Italy but it was not easy.
She said: “I was on my tod, in a hotel at Lake Como, near the training ground.
“I used to speak to myself in the reflect at night so someone was speaking back to me.
“Nobody spoke English and I hadn’t a evidence about Italian but I decided I was going to make it.
“I bought the sports newspaper and I bought a dictionary and ended I was going to learn three messages a day.
“Four was too much because I didn’t really bother with my education – and I started speaking with the local people.”
She was voted excellent participate in the victorious Italian World cup finals crew that shaped USA in the final in China in 1983.
She triumphed eight Serie A conference deeds, four Italian Cups, and the Golden Boot in 1983.
She captained Italy 13 durations during her international career.
Little-known back home in Scotland, Rose was a big star in Italy.
At one point she was asked to play for her onetime team in Rhiems and ended up invited to participate in Italy on a Saturday, then France on a Sunday night. That time she won the French league and the Italian league.
Rose is still the only Scottish footballer ever to acquire the World Cup.
She threw it all down to sheer hard work: “In France and Italy we trained in the evenings. I used to develop myself at noons to get better.
“I had such a ardour and fervour for the game, I worked on every aspect.
“Wherever I ran I ever obtained a wall and a slanting ceiling for my headers.”
But although she never represented for Scotland, she never forgot her springs, whatever level she reached.
She said: “When I was playing for Italy I was so glad to play for them but it was always a Scottish heart vanquishing for the purposes of the Italian jersey. “