Everton Women star Sandy MacIver believes the club's changing ambition has been summed up with this weekend's move to Walton Hall Park.

The Blues will make the switch to their new home within a mile of Goodison Park on Sunday when they take on Manchester United in a crucial WSL tie, with the two teams separated by just one point in the table.

Excitement has been building over the move away from Southport for some time, with only limited tickets left for this weekend's match in the reduced-capacity 1,500 stadium.

The ECHO understands the initial capacity will seat more than 2,000 as the club retain the ability to expand that figure as interest grows.

And for goalkeeper MacIver, the move represents the changing ambition of Everton over the past few years.

The 21-year-old returned for her second spell with the club in January having spent three seasons with Clemson Tigers in the USA, and believes there is a different feel around the Blues under Willie Kirk this time.

MacIver told the ECHO: "I'd say the ambition from the club has definitely changed.

"You can tell from the players we've brought in and what Willie's trying to do with the club. Everything day-to-day around the club has improved a lot.

"I think having somewhere we can call home which is just where we're going to play is a big step forward, and hopefully we can attract a lot of fans going forward.

"It will just be nice to have somewhere that's close to Goodison, hopefully we can attract more fans.

Chloe Kelly celebrates scoring her side's second goal against Reading at Haig Avenue

"I think it's [proximity to Goodison] massive. Being at Southport obviously it was quite a way from Liverpool so being able to move somewhere so close to Goodison I think is huge for the clubm and especially for the womens side.

"Hopefully, we can attract a lot more fans to the game which is good for us, so we can showcase what we can play."

MacIver began her youth career at Everton and stayed with the Blues until 2015, before switching to Manchester City ahead of the move to the United States in 2016.

The goalkeeper went on to make 55 appearances in her college career before a return to Merseyside was confirmed in January on an 18-month contract.

And MacIver is settling back in to life at Finch Farm well after experiencing a slightly different approach to the game in the US.

"I'd say in terms of the environment I was in probably yes [the approach was different] because I was somewhere where your focus wasn't just on football, it was on your degree," the goalkeeper added.

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"But I think that probably the tactical side is a little different over there, they emphasise more on the athletic ability of the players rather than the technical ability.

"And so I think coming back here it's nice to have that different side of football.

"I think I've settled in pretty well. It helped knowing a lot of the girls from the academy, or from the England youth setup.

"So I'd say I've settled in a lot quicker than probably somewhere else where I wouldn't know many people.

"But I'm enjoying it so far. I think the competition here is really good, which is what I wanted and I think a lot of players want, so I think this was the right decision in coming somewhere I can progress as much as I can as a goalkeeper."

MacIver is one of two Everton players, along with Chloe Kelly, who have been called up to England's squad for the SheBelieves Cup in America in March - with the Lionesses due to face USA, Japan and Spain.

The goalkeeper has represented her country at every youth level, including being named the 2018 Under-20 World Cup's best goalkeeper, but has not yet made her senior debut.

The 21-year-old was part of Phil Neville's squad for two friendlies in August and September last year, and admitted she wasn't expecting to make her return to the senior national setup so quickly.

MacIver remarked: "I'm delighted! I didn't think that would happen so early, my focus has just been on Everton especially not being back two months yet.

Golden glove winner Sandy MacIver after the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

"But to have got the call-up, I'm over the moon. I've got Chloe [Kelly] going as well who fully deserved her call up and a couple of other players out there who I've come up the youth teams with.

"So yeah I think that will definitely help us settle off the pitch, and hopefully settle on the pitch too."

Before that, the focus is firmly on this weekend's clash with Manchester United.

Casey Stoney's side are just one point above Kirk's women, who find themselves in sixth place in the WSL table, as the race for a potential top four place hots up.

It's an important match for the move to Walton Hall Park and it should be an exciting occasion for both sides.

"It's a very important game. Obviously for us we look at each next game as most important, but I think this is definitely an opportunity for us to get into fourth place.

"Hopefully, with the move to Walton, we can get a good crowd behind us. With United being a top team I don't think there's going to be any issue of it being a good game.

"Hopefully we can come out with three points, that's the most important thing at the end of the day."

Season Ticket, Lounge and Officials Members can attend the fixture for FREE, although all Members are required to claim a ticket in advance.

Tickets for non-Members are priced from £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Tickets can be claimed or purchased here.