Celtic FC Women v Hearts Preview: “We’ve had to overcome some adversity already this season,” Rachel Donaldson

Rachel Donaldson reckons it “would be silly” to write Celtic off after last Sunday’s hugely disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Glasgow City that has left Celtic training the two leaders at the top of the table by 5 points with 13 games left to play.

The league table, shown below, seldom lies and Fran Alonso’s Celtic side will have to go on an extended winning run – starting tomorrow against Hearts – if the league and Champions League qualification objectives are to be met.

Here’s the ‘Highlights’ from last weekend from Glasgow City’s point of view…

Celtic won the first meeting of the season against tomorrow’s visitors through in Edinburgh by an astonishing scoreline on 10-0 as Hearts struggled to adapt to the top division after winning promotion. But Celtic will remain confident that they can get back to winning ways at K-Park tomorrow afternoon.

“I think we’re looking for a big statement and people would be silly to write us off,” Celtic forward Donaldson told CelticFCWomen.com.

Celtic Women v Glasgow City Women Scottish Building Society Womens Premier League 04/04/2021. Anna Filbey 21 of Celtic Women FC centre during the Scottish Building Society Womens Premier League match between Celtic Women and Glasgow City at the K Park Training Centre, East Kilbride, Scotland on 4 April Photo: Malcolm Mackenzie

“Of course we’ve had to overcome some adversity already this season, but sometimes you learn more from your mistakes and we’re a team that reflects on all the mistakes we make, even in games we’ve won. We’re always looking to improve, so the Hearts game is a big game for us and we want to prove we’re very capable, clinical and a very professional team and we’re hoping to take all three points deposit knowing it will be a challenge.”

Tomorrow’s game was initially postponed due to clashed with international matches – perhaps a Wales game – but was then re-instated into this week’s fixture list,  much to the delight of the Celtic squad who will want to get last week’ disappointment out of their systems.

“After something like last week, you’re always just looking forward to your next game.

“You don’t want it hanging over you and especially with the run of congested fixtures, it’s really good that we can keep going, work on things and keep everything moving and not have to wait and hace that week off. I’m glad we get to play this weekend.”

Jo Love 6 of Glasgow City FC tackles Mariah Lee 7 of Celtic Women FC Photo: Malcolm Mackenzie

Donaldson also revealed that the squad has done a decent job all week helping each other keeping heads up and remaining positive for the rest of the season.  “We’re a very close team as well and it;s a good group of girls to go through these challenges with because everyone rallies around and picks each other up.

“The really nice thing about it is there’s great squad depth which is a bit like gold dust in this league – you really need that to get through this run of fixtures, so we’re really confident in all the girls. We’ve had some incredible performances so far from the young ones, so it’s really nice to see talent coming up and it just makes you work harder because you know someone is waiting to take your position off you.

“I always try and work hard for my position because it’s hard to maintain it. Last weekend I was trying something different, but I just try to implement whatever the coaches ask of me and become a more well-rounded player,” Rachel said.

Here’s that league table we were talking about. COYGIG…

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