Glasgow City Women will be able to meet the costs of competing in the new-look Champions League next month, thanks to the financial support of a philanthropist.
City are due to play their one-off quarter-final against Frauen-Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg in host city San Sebastian on August 21, following the competition being postponed in March due to coronavirus.
Though the Scottish champions returned to training this weekend, the added costs of coronavirus testing and new protocols meant their participation was in doubt, and midfielder Leanne Crichton told the BBC on Thursday that "it all sounds impossible".
However on Saturday they confirmed that Edinburgh-based philanthropist James Anderson had swooped in, and will be backing their efforts in the competition.
"Glasgow City are delighted to announce that James Anderson has agreed to support our club to compete in the UEFA Women's Champions League," City announced in a statement on Twitter on Saturday. "As well documented, we have extremely challenging and unbudgeted costs to return to training, meeting all of the required protocols as well as getting to our match as safely as possible for our staff and players.
"The incredible generosity of Mr Anderson now means that we are now able to proudly take our place and represent our nation and we couldn't be more thankful."
This is one of many significant financial lifelines Anderson has made to help Scottish football return to play, after the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the viability of many clubs.
Last month Anderson donated £250,000 to women's football in Scotland, to go towards testing costs, and previously donated £3million to the men's game with similar intentions.
An anonymous benefactor on Thursday also made a £100,000 donation to help the Scottish women's third tier.
There remain fears in the game however that women's top tier football in Scotland will not return until October, as some still might be unable to afford to adapt to the new safety measures.
The Scottish Women's Premier League was suspended just one game into its season in February due to the pandemic.