Celtic Women face Partick Thistle this afternoon seeking redemption from the disappointment of Thursday evening’s defeat to Rangers. The midweek loss, just Celtic’s third of the season, handed Glasgow City a 5-point advantage with four games remaining, meaning that the destination of the title is no longer within the Ghirl’s hands.
Celtic had reason to feel aggrieved on Thursday night after a seemingly good goal from Caitlin Hayes was ruled out with the game scoreless. Hayes has developed a reputation for scoring in the big games since her arrival and had Thursday nights stood, the outcome of the game could have been very different.
As it was, Celtic struggled to gain a foothold in what was a very even encounter and were left frustrated with the 1-0 defeat.
“We managed to do the most difficult thing which was score, but it was unfortunately disallowed. I have just watched it back – it is incredibly frustrating.” – Fran Alonso
The Ghirls have an immediate chance to get Thursday out of their system when they face Partick today at Petershill Park. The Jags currently sit 6th in the table and have picked up just one point since the split. That came against Hearts in midweek following a run of 5 straight defeats, including a 2-0 reverse against Celtic.
While Celtic will be comfortable favourites to win today’s game, there can be no room for complacency from here on is as any further dropped points will surely hand the title to City and put a second-placed finish in doubt.
“We need to try to be positive where we can, and then try to get the three points in our next few important games.” – Fran Alonso
Victory today would provide a timely confidence boost ahead of the potential title decider with Glasgow City on Thursday night at Celtic Park.
If it was not already, today’s game is now certainly the first of a series of Cup finals in the run up to the season’s end. Winning all four remaining fixtures may still not guarantee the title, but failure to win even one of these games will result in the title evading Celtic for another year.
If you can get along to Petershill Park today, or Celtic Park on Thursday, your support would be much appreciated. Tickets for today’s game can be bought at the gate.
ACSOM are proud patrons of the women’s team, and wish them all the best this afternoon as they continue their pursuit of a history making season.