SWPL Cup Draw sees Celtic take on Hearts, Partick Thistle and St Johnstone

Celtic FC Women have been drawn against Hearts, Partick Thistle and St Johnstone in the SWPL Cup Group stages. Two sides will qualify for the quarters finals from each of the four groups and you’d imagine that Fran Alonso’s side should have no difficulty with these opponents.

Hearts were in the SWPL1 last season and were unable to achieve very much against the Hoops who hit double figures in the first meeting and comfortably won all three games. Partick Thistle narrowly missed out on promotion to the SWPL1 on Sunday, drawing 2-2 away at Dundee Utd. Both sides had to win and hope that Kilmarnock beat Hamilton but Accies (with a little help from Celtic loanees) secured the points in Ayrshire to secure the second promotion spot alongside SWPL2 Champions Aberdeen.

Kelly Clark (R) celebrates her goal to make it 7-0 Celtic during a Scottish Women’s Premier League match between Motherwell and Celtic (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

St Johnstone were mid-table in the SWPL2 last term so while the club is on a roll in terms of cup shocks, it’s surely unlikely in this instance although that second place in the group is perhaps an outside bet.

Celtic start away to Thistle before two home games against Hearts and St Johnstone.

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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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