Celtic FC Women’s 2-1 victory against Rangers FC Women, yesterday has seen them overtake their rivals in the table and has put Champions League qualification into their hands.
Sunday’s win means they have won 3 out of 3 over their arch rivals.
Captain Kelly Clark gave Fran Alonso’s side the lead in the first half, converting with a superb header from a corner.
Rachel McLaughlin swiftly equalised for Rangers, beating goalkeeper Chloe Logan with a sensational long-range effort.
Logan redeemed herself just before the break with a quality save from a powerful Rangers attempt on goal.
Given the high stakes it is unsurprising that the match was a cagey affair, with neither side able to really take control of play.
It would be Celtic’s day in the end though, as another close-range header from a corner which was converted by Sarah Ewens would turn out to be the winner, as Celtic walked away from a tight affair with a 2-1 victory.
This result sees Celtic leapfrog Rangers to second in the table, two points above Rangers and three points below Glasgow City with all teams having played eighteen games.
The top two teams qualify for the Champions League next season, so although Celtic may find themselves dreaming of the title with three games to play, a second-place finish would still be a tremendous achievement.
Celtic’s final three games are against Hibernian, Forfar Farmington, and Motherwell.
Rangers and Glasgow City will meet on the final day, which could be an interesting affair if Celtic keep winning and put pressure on the current league leaders.
At the other end of the table, Hearts sit on only seven points from eighteen games, and are four points adrift at the bottom of the table, making relegation a likely prospect.
All this makes for brilliant viewing over the next couple of weeks, when teams battle it out heading towards the end of the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
by Michael McBrier