Celtic v Spartans: “Looking at the last eight games it’s been fantastic,” Fran Alonso

Celtic FC Women continue their quest for a Champions League spot this evening at Lennoxtown when they face Spartans in yet another vital SWPL1 match. K-Park is unavailable and the grass has been lifted at Celtic Park (no jokes about Lee Wallace visiting the Holy Ground) the game goes ahead at Celtic’s training ground and if you’ve wondering where you’re going to watch this one then the answer is you’re not.

No TV access, no PPV, not on the BBC Scotland website, nothing. In fact you’ll have to rely on The Celtic FC Women twitter feed for updates. This is a title race, sadly the only one Celtic have been involved in this season and surely this could have been broadcast for instance on the Pass to Paradise as a wee bit of, cough, added value?

Izzy Atkinson of Celtic Photo by Alex Todd/SPP

Fran Alonso, the charismatic Celtic FC Women manager in his programme notes for this evening points out that there are few if any easy games in this league and that his side will need to be at their best to continue their brilliant run and secure another three points.

“The three points against Hearts put us in a good place to face a team who are always difficult,” the Spaniard said, referring to tonight’s opponents Spartans told the official match day programme. “They are very physical and aggressive – at K-Park we went in 0-0 at half-time, and in the last game it was 2-1 at the break, with them scoring just before half-time, so it is always very challenging. If we are thinking about resting players, Spartans isn’t the right time because I can see a very even game.

Anna Filbey of Celtic . Photo by Alex Todd/SPP

“It’s not easy. They are fighting with Hibs who are very experienced, but nothing means anything on paper. They are both fighting for fourth, so they’d like to take points from any of the top three. But our fight is to look for three points at Lennoxtown,” The Celtic boss added.

“When we trained there it was on a very high quality pitch and it’s very big so it suits our style of play. We are playing good football – it’s impossible to play good football every game for 90 minutes, but looking at the last eight games it’s been fantastic. We will try to show this mental strength and quality again,” he added.

Alonso is clearly happy enough at latest ‘home’ game moving to a third venue in as many weeks with recent games bing played at Celtic Park and K-Park. “It means a lot to return to Lennoxtown, but it is very important to get another three points before the next game.”

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