Smart pleased with first Hoops goal but says it’s a team performance


Smart pleased with first Hoops goal but says it’s a team performance

Sunday brought midfielder Katherine Smart’s first goal in a Celtic strip, but she played down the hype, insisting it’s all about a good team performance on the day, and put the Cup victory behind her as she looked ahead to Glasgow City next week.

Smart’s first-half strike seen the Hoops go into the break 5-0 up against West Park United in the third round of the Scottish Cup in which they eventually posted a 16-0 win as they soared into the last 16. But the winter-signing said she’s just happy the Hoops turned out a professional performance.

“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet, but it’s a team performance and it doesn’t matter if it’s me or whoever else that scores, as long as the ball is in the back of the net, that’s all that matters,” she began.

“I’m playing in a different position, which is something I’m a bit more comfortable with, so I’m finding my feet a bit more, but gelling with the players in the off-season has really helped my development as well.

Smart confessed that while the break was frustrating, she found it beneficial herself, before commenting on how they got their heads down to ensure they carried their brilliant momentum through the summer.

“Before the off-season, we won five games back to back and we could have taken anyone on the week after and been confident in our own ability, but unfortunately, you just have to work with what’s happened in the longer break, but we’ve worked hard in the two and a half months off and we’ve really made the best use of that time. We treated it as another pre-season, got good friendlies in and started working at our tempo for going into that first game last week,” she told.

And ahead of Celtic’s first v second tie with Glasgow City, the number 8 explained how there’s no time to hang about with her mind now fully on next Sunday’s game at Petershill.

“We take each game as it is and our focus is 100% now on City next week and you can’t look any further ahead, but it’s nice to be back playing regular football.

“It’s a good record,” she said after chalking up their seventh consecutive win, “and hopefully after next week it will be eight!”

Celtic play Glasgow City on Sunday 11 August in the SWPL1, at Petershill Park. Kick-Off is 2pm.

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