“At Celtic we don’t celebrate draws, even if it is against the 13 times Champions,” Fran Alonso

Cheering a first half penalty saved by the Celtic keeper Chloe Logan, in total contrast to that deflated feeling when Sarah Ewens spot kick was saved late in a game that was there for the taking for Celtic on Wednesday night against League Leaders Glasgow City, who went down to 10 women when a cynical foul in the last few minutes prevented a Celtic winner.

Celtic dropped back down to third with that goalless draw and the title chances reduced considerably. Glasgow City won away to theRangers at the weekend and got a point at K-Park against the Hoops, so they are in the driving seat.
However there are two Champions League places and Celtic are now a point behind theRangers as we get down to the business end of the season.

Celtic have to play theRangers and they have also to play Glasgow City. Celtic will therefore feel that despite the point deficit at this stage, they are in a better position given the fixtures remaining. It might not work out that way but this league really is all about the games between the top three sides – the only points dropped by the top three to the rest of the sides in the league were dropped by Celtic in a 2-2 draw with Forfar Farmington at the end of last year.

Celtic manager Fran Alonso reckons his side gave him everything he asked for on Wednesday evening and believes that they did more than enough in the game to merit a win. “I wanted them to get the reward of the three points which they fought very hard for but to be fair we played against a team in as good form as ourselves and we knew it would be very difficult,” he told the official Celtic FC Women website.

“I think we controlled the game quite well, and in terms of possession. Chances were quite even in that we both had good chances, so a draw is probably a fair result. I’m gutted for the players because I think they deserved more, but I’m very proud because they left everything out there.

“Everyone I have heard from has told me how proud they are of our performance. It’s not easy to create chances against them so I was very pleased and we cleared one off the line and Chloe Logan was outstanding at the penalty, so we worked very hard.

“I’m very happy with the attitude of the players, but at Celtic we don’t celebrate draws, even if it is against the 13 times champions, so we are only a little bit happy,” the Celtic manager stated.

“We’ve shown our mentality many times this season. We beat (the)Rangers in the last ten minutes and rescued a point against Forfar in the two minutes with two goals, so we are mentally very strong.”

Celtic travel through to Edinburgh on Sunday to play Hearts at the Oriam and Alonso is looking forward picking up another three points towards that Champions League objective.

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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