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Manager discusses exciting run of games and the opening day victory

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After successfully opening their 2019 campaign with a 4-0 win over Forfar Farmington, manager Eddie Wolecki Black is keen for his side to carry that rhythm and belief system forward into an exciting run of away fixtures.

The manager confessed he couldn’t have asked for much more in a performance that seen Sarah Ewens, Josephine Giard and Natalie Ross on the scoresheet and was pleased to see his side’s hard work during preseason translate onto the competitive stage.

“I couldn’t ask for much more,” he admitted as his side finally got back to competitive action.

“It was pleasing to see a lot of the work we’ve done in preseason come to fruition today and it’s to the great credit of all the players and staff that we as a club have managed to get that into our performance. The good thing was that we got the midfield runners scoring goals which was ideal and Sarah (Ewens) got her account open for the season which we’re very happy about and we’ll only take great confidence from that.”

Celtic rose to the top of the pack ahead of a trip to double cup holders Hibs next week, who only picked up a point after a surprise stalemate against Spartans. But despite the Edinburgh side’s stumble, Wolecki Black is under no illusion of the task at hand that will provide an insight early on in the season.

“It is a big game early on in the season and it might well be a good indicator of where we are as a team right now.

“As a coaching staff we’ll prepare good sessions this week for all the players coming in and as a team they’ll be expected to work hard, put forward the principles we’re working on, and try and implement that game plan to get the best possible result we can in Edinburgh next week,” he said.

The game will kickstart a run of three away games, with Dundee United in the SWPL Cup and a Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 meeting with Spartans following, but the run is an exciting and important one according to the manager, who hopes it can benefit the side not only on the pitch but off it.

He said: “I think we’ve got to learn to adapt with away games - Hibs next week is very important, but they’re all important because the League Cup is one we want a good run in. We’re playing Dundee United for a place in the quarter finals, and you never know where that could take you in the last eight, so as a whole staff and players we’re excited.

“When you go on the road together, you can get a real feeling for how things are at the club and spend a bit of time on the bus chatting and finding out the good and bad.”

The Celts won’t return to their K-Park base until 15 March, but the occasion will be worth the wait with TV cameras in line to showcase the clash against Motherwell live.

“It’s very pleasing for everyone concerned with women’s football. The fact that they’ve chosen Celtic to be the first live game of the season maybe shows you where people are holding Celtic this season, being held in high esteem.

“I’ve always loved the game under the lights. As a manager I’ve always found games under the lights very rewarding, so it’ll be great to experience it again.”

Celtic now travel to Ainslie Park in Edinburgh on Sunday, 17 February, to face Hibs in a 1pm kick-off.


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