Chloe Craig: 67th minute header means a lot to me


Chloe Craig Celebrates

Celtic’s first win over Hibs for nearly six years was a satisfying moment to savour for all involved in the club, but for the second goal scorer, and Celtic-mad defender Chloe Craig, her goal meant even more.

Craig, a lifelong Celtic supporter, scored two important goals against Wednesday’s opponents Spartans earlier in the season, but she says her unintentional tribute to Billy McNeill was one to remember.

“Especially being a Celtic fan, it means a lot after the last few weeks which have been hard for Celtic fans so that made the goal on Sunday that little bit better.

“I know it means a lot to me being a Celtic fan – growing up watching them, knowing the history and the background, so it was definitely one to remember,” she told.

Craig has spent a decade at the club she’s grown up supporting and was one of only a handful who were involved when the Hoops last beat Hibs in October 2013. But to break that run, and play a pivotal part in it, made the wait worth it.

“I just try my best,” she began, “it’s always good to get on the scoresheet and help the team but as a defender and being with Celtic for so long, wanting to beat Hibs, getting that goal on Sunday means a lot. It’s now up to the team and coaching staff to push ourselves on and keep playing the way we played.

“I don’t even remember that last game but once it all kicked off everything seemed to fall into place. it was such a good feeling to get the win and three points which mean a lot going into the break. We needed the points, so hopefully with the next couple of games coming up we can pick up more points,” she added.

Celtic met Hibs in the second match of the season and painstakingly missed out on the victory, having led the Edinburgh side 1-0, before losing 2-1. But Craig insists despite being in a strong position back in February, they’ve come on even further collectively.

“The first game is always rocky because you don’t know what to expect or what each team will give, but as the weeks have went on, we’ve gotten so much more confident in ourselves as individuals, a team and as one, we’ve pushed ourselves.

“We all want the same and we’re determined to get to the top two. It has been a long time coming but this is us making our mark and digging deeper.

“To win as comfortably as we did was great. We knew in the warm up that we felt different. We didn’t feel anxious or nervous. We felt calm, composed and as if we knew what would happen,” she said.

Celtic now play Spartans at home on Wednesday, May 15 at K-Park, East Kilbride. KO: 8pm.

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