Congratulations to Glasgow City who celebrated a record breaking tenth SWPL 1 league title in a row in 2016, while Hibernian Ladies (runners-up in the SWPL 1) completed a silverware double by winning the SWPL Cup and SSE Scottish Cup. Celtic, Stirling University, Rangers and Rangers made up the top six in the league, while Forfar Farmington were relegated.
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SWPL 1. Celtic FC Women host their Old Firm rivals Rangers this afternoon at K-Park in the final derby match of the season.
With five games to go, Celtic may have no chances of silverware having been knocked out of the Scottish Women’s Cup but they have third place, the position they currently occupy, to secure. This season, Celtic has often shown that they have made improvements and are regularly beating the teams below them. The issue they have, and one they need to solve to progress, is taking points off the top two teams. And it was this issue that came to the fore in their last league game when they lost 5-0 to league leaders Glasgow City, this after Celtic had won their previous two league games 5-0 against less testing opposition.
Rangers are also wanting to bounce back from a 5-0 defeat – having lost 5-0 to Stirling University last time out. They’ve had a stop-start season, and they will need to pick up wins if they have a chance of finishing fourth, a position occupied by Spartans who are four points ahead. Rangers are in a battle for fourth place with not only Spartans but also Stirling, and it was the aforementioned defeat to the latter that provided them with a real setback – but who better to bounce back against than your rivals?
Head-to-head: Celtic has won both games against Rangers this season – the first 5-1 whilst the second game was a closer encounter with them winning 2-1. Celtic will remain third regardless of the result whilst Rangers could jump up to fifth
with a win.
Preview by Tim Oliver of Tartan Kicks – the magazine dedicated to Scottish Women’s Football.
Kick-off at K-Park is at 2pm.
Admission on the day priced: Adults £5/Concessions £3/Under 16s free.