“People wrote us off at the start of the season,” Rachel Donaldson, “We back ourselves to win every game in this league”

Celtic winger Rachel Donaldson has ever intention of maintaining the momentum that Celtic Women have built up since the opening day set-back away to Champions Glasgow City. Since then the Celtic Women’s side has continued to win throughout a tough run of fixtures, away to Hearts (10-0), the only home game of the campaign so for against Spartans (1-0) and then last weekend’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ over at theRangers (1-0) training centre.

Then tonight it’s yet another tough away-day test for this increasingly impressive Celtic side – away to Hibs and the game is like on BBC Alba with a kick-off time of 7.35pm. Three points tonight will establish Celtic as the main threat to Glasgow City’s dominance of the SPWL1. Here’s the table as it stands at the moment:

How The SWPL1 Table after Celtic’s win at theRangers Training Ground

“We’ve got quite a tough run of fixtures, but these are the games everyone wants to play in so I think we’re all looking forward to it, and the standard at training has been high so we’re all buzzing,” Sarah Donaldson told Colette Carr at the official Celtic site.

“Even last season I think we normally had about three games then a cup game or an international break, so it’s nice to have a bit of consistency, especially after so long off – I think everyone is just really grateful to be back playing.”

The 2-0 defeat to Glasgow City coupled with the investment made into their Women’s team by theRangers meant that Celtic were very much the underdogs last weekend, although we were very confident that the Ghirls would win.

“I think a lot of people wrote us off at the start of the season and we were definitely feeling like we were underdogs for the game, so we were all so happy to go in and show what we can do. We’d been working so hard at training and really starting to gel as a team, and I think that really showed on the pitch. You need a good team spirit to grind out a game like that, that’s so close.

“Hibs will be a tough game, but we take every one as it comes. We back ourselves to win every game in this league, and believe we’re capable of beating every team, and I think you’ll find this league is a lot more competitive this year. Different teams will take points off each other, but we’re more than capable of getting the three points,” she added.

Donaldson had to sit out the opener against the Champions so has a 100% record personally in the games she’s played in this season and tonight she’s aiming to make that 4 from 4.

“It was unfortunate that I missed the start of the season but as soon as I came back in I hit the ground running and was working really hard. Even during lockdown, I was trying my best to keep myself ticking over and work hard, and I think you can tell the girls have all been working hard on their own, so it was nice to come back and all have a really good base level.

“But I’m feeling pretty sharp and fit, so just hoping to put some more results on the board,” Rachel said.

Hibernian v Celtic  – This evening’s match is at Ainslie Park and will be played Behind Closed Doors. Kick-off is at 7:35pm and the match is being broadcast live on BBC Alba, so please tune in.  Hopefully the Ghirls will show The Bhoys how it’s done with the first of double header wins over Hibs this weekend.

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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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