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Consistency is key says Donaldson

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By Colette Carr

Consistency is key for Rachel Donaldson, who hopes Celtic can maintain their growing momentum as they face Hibernian under the lights in the capital this evening. 

Following an important 1-0 win over Rangers on Sunday, the Celts are hoping the quick turnaround can help them remain focussed, and Donaldson also expressed her side’s gratitude at being able to play given the current circumstances, as they ready themselves for tonight’s tricky fixture.

She said: “We’ve got quite a tough run of fixtures, but these are the games everyone wants to play in so I think we’re all looking forward to it, and the standard at training has been high so we’re all buzzing.

“Even last season I think we normally had about three games then a cup game or an international break, so it’s nice to have a bit of consistency, especially after so long off - I think everyone is just really grateful to be back playing."

Ahead of the Rangers tie, Donaldson believes her side adorned an underdogs tag following the disappointing result to open the season with, and was delighted to watch the hard work since come to fruition, but still wants to see that momentum grow. 

“I think a lot of people wrote us off at the start of the season and we were definitely feeling like we were underdogs for the game, so we were all so happy to go in and show what we can do. We’d been working so hard at training and really starting to gel as a team, and I think that really showed on the pitch. You need a good team spirit to grind out a game like that, that’s so close.

“Hibs will be a tough game, but we take every one as it comes. We back ourselves to win every game in this league, and believe we’re capable of beating every team, and I think you’ll find this league is a lot more competitive this year. Different teams will take points off each other, but we’re more than capable of getting the three points,” she added.

The winger, who wasn’t available for selection in the campaign opener, has started all other three games. But the hard graft stretches far before returning to training and getting her name in contention for the 10-0 win over Hearts, as Donaldson explains she feels sharp after the extended pause.

“It was unfortunate that I missed the start of the season but as soon as I came back in I hit the ground running and was working really hard. Even during lockdown, I was trying my best to keep myself ticking over and work hard, and I think you can tell the girls have all been working hard on their own, so it was nice to come back and all have a really good base level.

“But I’m feeling pretty sharp and fit, so just hoping to put some more results on the board,” she said.

Celtic travel to Ainslie Park to face Hibernian on Friday 20 November in a 7:35pm kick-off. Watch live on BBC Alba.


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