If Scots were to itemise the sporting golden moments of the year so far - including those footballing victories over Croatia, Eve Muirhead's success in the World Women's Curling Championship and Andy Murray's historic Wimbledon win -many would probably overlook the achievements of some of the nation's most successful athletes.
Women footballers in the UK are used to getting a fraction of the attention their male counterparts enjoy, but that lower profile belies the excitement and skill of the women's game at the top level.
Step forward Glasgow City, who this week beat Standard Liege to reach the last 16 of the Uefa Women's Champions League. As the top team in Scottish football, they will now meet the best that English football has to offer, Arsenal, in what is set to be a memorable clash. At a time when the men's game is hardly in a golden age, Glasgow City is a club on the up, making its mark both in the UK and Europe. This is a team that all true fans of Scottish sport should be cheering on.
Over the years, women footballers have had to arm themselves with a sense of humour and a thick skin, but the achievements of Scotland's women players deserve every bit as much recognition as the men's. The Scottish women's side -20th in the world Fifa rankings - is developing into a force to be reckoned with. The higher profile the game has, the more girls and young women will wish to get involved, which will not only promote girls' lagging participation in sport - a public health issue that gives serious cause for concern - but help nurture the stars of tomorrow.
In the US, which has the world's top-ranked women's team, there are approaching two million female football players registered with US Soccer and TV audiences are huge: 13 million viewers watched the USA play Japan on TV in 2011. In Germany, where the development of the women's game is 20 years ahead of its position in the UK, there are around one million registered players.
The columnist and pundit Tam Cowan's recent "comic" outburst deriding women's football as a "turgid spectacle" expressed the sort of sniggering prejudice that makes many women footballers simply roll their eyes. They have heard it all before. They also know that attitudes are changing, even if not everyone is keeping up. What spectators of Scottish women's football at its highest level come to see is a different game from what they see played by men. It is less powerful, but often more technically skilled.
A respectable crowd of 1060 came to see Scotland's women's team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 7-0 last month and nearly 1000 watched Glasgow City's victory over Standard Liege, and as Scottish women's football gains profile - something that is assisted by BBC Scotland's coverage of key matches - those numbers will rise. In Germany, a recent friendly between the home team, ranked second in the world, and third-ranked Japan, drew 46,000 spectators.
So good luck to Glasgow City. The rise of Scottish women's football has begun in earnest.
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