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Robertson excited to tick the Glasgow Derby off her list

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By Colette Carr

Lisa Robertson has already won everything there is to win in the Scottish game, but this Sunday offers a new challenge for the midfielder, as she readies herself for her first Glasgow Derby this weekend.

The former Hibernian and Glasgow City playmaker has faced Rangers more times than she can count, but this will be her first encounter with them in the green and white Hoops.

And she is anticipating a highly-contested affair against her new rivals, but is confident the Celts will arrive prepared for the test.

"I'm really looking forward to it - I expect it to be a very competitive game," Robertson began. 

"Both teams have strengthened and are still looking to improve and do better than they have in previous years. There is a great rivalry there between the two and when you join Celtic you become part of that, so that adds extra excitement.

"It's good to tick another derby off the list. I've been involved in derbies before but obviously none with Celtic yet so this one is exciting too. Derbies are always very competitive so it's great to get involved in a Glasgow one."

Robertson returned north of the border in January having made the switch to English Championship outfit Durham after a long-serving stint at Hibs, and while significant investment has went into the women’s game from both sides involved on Sunday, the rest of the league has also made in-roads, changes that haven’t gone unnoticed by Robertson. 

“I feel like the league really has improved,” she admitted.

“There's always a challenge with every team you play; in previous years there's been bigger scorelines and not every game is as competitive, but now every week you know every game will be difficult. It's great for Scottish football to go from strength to strength every year.”

And with the season well underway, the midfielder believes they have set themselves up well heading into the first derby of the season. 

She said: “It's good to get a run of games and coming off the back of six points gives everyone a big boost and confidence going into the Rangers game.

“We know that if we take everything from the previous games and build on what we've worked on in training we can set ourselves up well for the weekend. The squad is high in confidence right now - with each game we are improving and working on the things that need to be worked on, and our morale is really good with everyone all buzzing for the weekend.”

Celtic FC Women visit Rangers Women at the Rangers Training Centre next Sunday in a 3pm kick-off.


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