Alonso: Celtic ‘underdogs’ won’t make it easy for Glasgow City


While maintaining that his side are firm underdogs for Friday night’s league opener, manager Fran Alonso insists his side have given him a selection headache as they prepare for the visit of Glasgow City.

The Hoops ran out 4-1 winners in the last meeting between the pair, but Alonso is taking nothing for granted, as he readies himself for a Baptism of fire in the Scottish top-flight, with City chasing a fourteenth straight league championship.

“We have the hardest start to the league, possible,” he began, “but I think we are coming into this the best way possible, which is high in confidence.

“We know we are the underdogs, but we like to be underdogs and we hope our fans are with us. Whatever the result, we can guarantee, we won’t make it easy for Glasgow City.”

Celtic head into the match having dismantled St Johnstone 6-0 in the League Cup, leaving the manager delighted with his squad’s application, despite the selection problems it posed ahead of Friday.

“Our first half was OK, but I thought we should have played better and I feel the second half was very impressive and I was really pleased with how they played,” he said.

“They tried hard and were compact but we showed a lot of quality and it’s a nightmare for me this week now. Every girl that was on made an impact so I think everyone got at least eight or above out of ten.

“It has given me a nightmare, but it’s a good one to have!”

 Following a disappointing opening goalless draw with Glasgow Women, Alonso was pleased with his side’s reaction, and hailed the competition that is growing within the camp.

“I’m very happy. We knew in our last game we played well but weren’t composed in the final third, so it was very pleasing to see that what we worked on came off. We could have scored a couple more, but I’m very happy with the final result and performance.

“A team is about improving. We spot the mistakes we made last week, and then try and correct them.

“Team spirit is the most important thing, but at the end of the day everyone is fighting for a place, and everyone did well. It makes it hard for us, but that’s what makes a team good. You can change it and the quality stays the same or gets better,” he said.

Celtic kick off the new 2020 league season this Friday night (February 21) with a home game against Glasgow City at the K-Park Training Academy, East Kilbride (KO:7.35pm).

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