Celtic Women: Fran and the Ghirls to Bounce Back Against Hibs

Celtic Women will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s narrow defeat to Glasgow City with victory away at Hibs in the final game before the split.

The Ghirls won the only previous meeting of the clubs this season 9-0 on the opening day, and a similar outcome today would go a long way to restoring any loss of morale following last week’s result.

Going into the top of the table clash with Glasgow City last Sunday, Celtic were on a 13-game unbeaten run and knew that victory would put them top on goal difference.  However, in a tight fought affair, it was City who came out on top thanks to Priscilla Chinchilla’s goal midway through the second-half.

The defeat on Sunday was only Celtic’s second of the season, the other also being inflicted by Glasgow City in October.  However, with 11 games still to play, including two post-split fixtures against Glasgow City, Celtic’s title ambitions remain alive and well.

Looking ahead to this afternoon’s game at Meadowbank Stadium, manager Fran Alonso took time during his pre-match press conference to highlight the improvements that Hibs have made since the opening day mauling.

Hibs have lost just twice in their last 10 games across league and cup, and have secured a top 6 place ahead of the split.

While the Spanish coach expects a much closer game this time around, he was also keen to stress that the Ghirls are fully focussed on this game and are determined to bring the three points back to Celtic Park and regain momentum going into the split.

Amy Gallacher echoed the manager’s sentiments in her pre-match interview with Celtic TV, acknowledging the disappointment of Sunday’s defeat but that the focus was now on Meadowbank on securing three points against Hibs.

Victory would confirm second spot at the end of the regular season with the deficit to Glasgow City likely to be 6 points – City face bottom club Glasgow Girls today are unlikely to drop points.

The last time Celtic Women lost to Glasgow City the embarked on their 13 game unbeaten run.  A similar reaction this time around could see Fran and the Ghirls title dream become a reality.

Today’s game kicks off at 4.10pm with coverage on the Celtic FC Women’s twitter account and BBC Sport website.

If you are in the Edinburgh, why not head along to Meadowbank to give the team your support and cheer them to victory.

ACSOM are proud patrons of the women’s team, and wish them all the best on Sunday as they consider their pursuit of a history making season.

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