We can already show our progress against Glasgow Women this Sunday


Josi Giard says she can’t wait for the return of competitive action, as they gear up to welcome Glasgow Women in the new-look SWPL Cup.

The match between the two Glasgow sides will mark new manager Fran Alonso’s first competitive game in charge of the Hoops, and Giard believes they can already show the progress they are making under the new regime.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started again,” she began, “having friendlies is one thing, but competitive games makes everything a bit more intense. It’s about winning games now, we can show what we’ve learned so far in preseason.

“When a new manager comes in things always change. It’ll take time but I think we’re already at a good point for where we want to be, but I think we can show that on Sunday.”

And she praised the new changes beyond the managerial team, saying: “The whole structure has changed. There’s extra planning place and everyone is working towards a goal and putting a shift in. It’s good to have in place and know what’s expected of you.”

The Glasgow Women game marks another new beginning in women’s football, with the restructured League Cup getting underway. After taking on the Glasgow side, the Celts will also face SWPL2 side St Johnstone and fellow SWPL1 club Spartans in Group A as they vie for a place in the next round. And while it’s unknown for the German forward, Giard is welcoming the change in format.

“There’s nothing like it in Germany, you win or you lose, but I think it’s interesting because you get the chance to play different teams as well. You normally play just one team from the other league in this cup, so I’m looking forward to playing different teams for a change.

“I’ve never played them before. They’ve signed a lot of new players, so we don’t know what they’ll be like so it’s definitely going to be interesting but if we stick to our game plan we are capable of coming away with the win,” she added.

Celtic play Glasgow Women in the first group game of the SWPL Cup at K-Park on Sunday, February 9. Pay at the gate – adults £5, concessions £3, and under-16s free!

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