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Football: Hotshot is taking nothing for Granted.

SUZANNE GRANT'S double against Kilmarnock on the last day of the season didn't only help secure the Premier League for Glasgow City - it also broke two records. Two goals in the 5-1 defeat of Killie took Inverness-based Grant's league tally to a club-high 31 and her season's total of 41 is one more than previous holder Debbie McWhinnie, now with Hibs.

But for Grant, it was the title and not the tally that made her day.

The 21-year-old Scotland striker said: 'It was just brilliant. I've never won the league with a club before.

'It was such a great feeling that I really wasn't bothered about my goals. We just produced a great performance.'

As Premier champions, City now go forward to the UEFA Women's Cup in August, with a Scots side yet to progress beyond the first stage.

It's a hugely satisfying achievement for the Glasgow club, who managed to maintain their cool in the closing games despite a run of high-scoring victories by closest challengers - and last year's champions - Hibs.

Grant added: 'The pressure was certainly on as we had to win every game. If we'd dropped any points then it was all over for us.

'It was really tough to have Kilmarnock as the last game, as they are a great side. But all I wanted was three points. Yes, it was a great bonus that I managed to get those two goals but the main thing was to win.

'Now we're going to play in Europe - and not many people can say that.

'I'm hopeful we can do well and go through to the next stage. But whatever happens, it will be a great experience.'

City boss Peter Caulfield was full of praise for the Highland youngster, who he signed, along with her twin sister, Scotland defender Shelley Grant, from Ross County last summer.

He said: 'Suzanne has been excellent. I think everyone agreed Debbie McWhinnie was the best striker playing in Scotland, with national No.1 Julie Fleeting at Arsenal.

'So when we lost Debbie to Hibs at the start of this season, most people thought they'd be sure to win the league again.

'But I brought in a few players who settled well and the team produced some great performances. Suzanne managed to break a few records too - she's done tremendously well.

'However our back four have also been immense, with only 16 goals conceded in the entire league season.

'Goalkeeper Angela Livingstone has been fantastic. We signed her 18 months ago from East Kilbride and have only lost two league games since that date.'

As for Grant, the new season can't arrive quickly enough.

She said: 'I'm looking forward to achieving the same all over again
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Date:Jun 15, 2005
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