Celts are sending out a message for the future says Emma Black


Emma Black

With the last game of the season approaching, defender Emma Black can’t quite believe the progress she has seen at the club in her first season in the Hoops.

And as they head into the final match level on second-placed Hibs, Black now says its time the team got the recognition they deserve, as she praises her teammates’ response mechanism as they hunt a rewarding end to a long campaign.

"If you'd said at the start of the season that we're going into games as confident and comfortable as we are I'm not sure I'd believe that,” she confessed.

“It just shows you that in that game there, we were disappointed to concede. We had a great response though to make it 3-1 and go in the driving seat again,” she said.

It’s a Celtic team who know how to bounce back though. After losing 2-1 to the champions at Lennoxtown in April, they went on an extended winning run that only ended with a 1-0 defeat to the champions again, and after their only back to back defeats this season - and the abandoned Spartans game - Celtic have hit the last four teams for 17 conceding only two, including the 4-1 victory over Glasgow City

"That’s a phenomenal achievement to only concede two goals against the calibre of teams we’ve been playing, and the City result was phenomenal, so it just shows how far we’ve come. We don’t want the season to end, because the momentum is there, but it’s been a successful season,” she told.

And the fullback agreed that the reaction from the team to disappointing results shows just how hungry they are for success, especially with regards to the close shaves against Glasgow City throughout the season.

She said: “We bounce back so well and rectify it with other teams, so it’s almost like we punish other teams for how much we let ourselves down in those games, because they have been so close.

“The fact we’re so annoyed at conceding two goals in four games shows you our mentality, and when you look at the response to those it’s incredible. When City scored it went to 2-1, but we went on to make it three and four and it was the same again against Spartans, so we react so well now.”

And now she hopes that Celtic can now be regarded as one of the top sides in the country, having mounted a serious challenge to break the stranglehold of the top two this season.

“The City win has been coming. I think Kelly touched on and I feel like we’ve almost been disrespected by the media because they are all saying City and Hibs have set the standards, but we’ve matched Hibs so far on points with one game to go.

“People have almost written us off because we don’t have international players other than Keeva and a couple of youths, so I don’t think we’ve had the recognition we deserve.

“We are sending a message out I think. When you look at the experienced players Eddie has brought in, with the likes of myself, Kat, Kirsty and Kodie, that has helped the group a lot. Celtic did have a good group of players before but that experience does help.

“Again the break probably is coming at the wrong time for us, but we just put it out of our minds and focus on the three points against Stirling next week,” she added.

Celtic now face Stirling Uni in the final SWPL1 game of 2019 on Sunday, November 17. Kick-off 2pm.

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