Celtic v Glasgow City – The Permutations on How the League Can Be Won

Celtic will smash the SWPL1 attendance record on Thursday evening (11 May) as Fran Alonso’s side play Glasgow City at Celtic Park in what is a must win match for our Celtic FC Women’s team.

League leaders Glasgow City come to Celtic Park on the back of two recent defeats to Celtic (4-2 in the league and 1-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final) but still have a five points advantage with just three games to play.

Here is the SWPL1 Table ahead of the games tonight and tomorrow…

What’s different about the SWPL1 this season compared to the men’s league is that there are three teams vying for the title and the current Champions theRangers – who play their third last game of the league campaign this evening against Partick Thistle – are currently level on points with Celtic so can go three points ahead of the Hoops this evening and narrow the gap on Glasgow City to just two points.

Caitlin Hayes will be a huge goal threat for Celtic

A Celtic win tomorrow night, backed by a huge Celtic support, will see both Celtic and theRangers move within touching distance of Glasgow City with just two games remaining after Thursday night. It is worth pointing out at this stage that there are TWO Champions league spots to play for so the team finishing in third spot will get nothing for their efforts.

Another point to note is that goal difference could be crucial and as things stand ahead of theRangers v Partick Thistle game tonight, Celtic are FIVE goals better off than the other two sides who are level on goal difference.

Jacynta has had an outstanding season and will provide the creative flair in attacking areas against Glasgow City

The penultimate matches are as follows: Hearts are at home to theRangers while Celtic are away to Hibs and Glasgow City play Partick Thistle at Petershill, which is where both play their home games. All three title chasing sides will be determined to pick up the three points – but don’t rule out a surprise!

However if it all goes to plan for the three sides then we will go into the last day with Celtic at home to Hearts while it’s theRangers at home to Glasgow City. Remember, goal difference could be a factor and let’s hope that Celtic maintain our advantage until then.

If Celtic beat Glasgow City, Hibs and then Hearts we move one point ahead of Glasgow City if they lose to theRangers. It that game ends in a draw Celtic and City will end on the same points so goal difference will be at the crucial factor (with Celtic increasing their goal difference lead by beating Glasgow City and Hearts while they also have a draw against theRangers). If Glasgow City beat theRangers then they would be Champions and Celtic would finish second.

The goal machine Tash Flint

If theRangers do beat Glasgow City that would also take them one point ahead of City and level on points with Celtic at the top of the league so it is going to be decided by goal difference and at the moment Celtic have that +5 advantage. Lose that at our peril, but remember theRangers will be well aware of this and will perhaps go all out to make that up this evening.

So the stakes could not be higher, if you are a Celtic season ticket and you haven’t claimed your free ticket for tomorrow’s game at Paradise against Glasgow City then do so now. It’s going to be an incredible night!

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds 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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