“We’ll enjoy Forfar win for now,” says Ross as attentions turn to Hibs


Fresh from scoring a brace and helping send Celtic to the summit after the first week of the season, Natalie Ross said the side would enjoy the win and take that confidence through to next week’s trip to Hibs.

Ross picked up the Player of the Match award after scoring either side of half time in the opening fixture against Farmington, with the former the pick of the goals, spinning inside the area to create space and launch her effort neatly into the top corner securing the 4-0 win, explaining that it was a great way to get back to business as they look to change the landscape of the Scottish game.

“It’s really good to have scored, but the main thing was to score as many goals as we could, because we’re wanting to go for the title this year, but it’s always nice to score, I’m not renowned for my scoring so to get two was really nice,” she told.

“It’s great to get back, especially since returning from Germany. It was such a good trip that we just wanted to get back straight away. We had a couple of weeks to wait, but the girls have had a really good week’s training, so it was good to get started and there was a good atmosphere today.”

The Celts put four past the Angus visitors with no reply as Eddie Wolecki Black’s blueprint begins to take shape.

She said: “We’ve done a lot of positional play and to keep strong together and not concede, because if you do that then go and score you’ve won the game so that’s the main thing in our structure. We’ve worked really hard on that and that’s our main focus in training.

“We are only one game in, but its nice to be top of the league just now, we’ve a big game against Hibs next week and even though they drew it’s still going to be a really hard game.

“We refocus and enjoy tonight after a good win. We’ll have four nights of training so it’ll be a hard week but I’m sure we’ve got the talent and had such a good preseason that we could go and compete with Hibs.”

The Hoops are on the road until 15 March, when they host Motherwell in a game rescheduled to accommodate BBC Alba who will broadcast the game live in another element which Ross says adds to this season’s constant feel good factor.

“It’s great for BBC Alba to televise the games, it’s a massive move for women’s football in this country, because obviously the game in England is taking off.

“We’ve a few games to look forward to before it but it is exciting. I don’t mind playing away games, it doesn’t bother me, you take it as it comes and can’t get too caught up, but Dundee United might be a tricky one because its not a team we normally play but it is exciting,” she added.

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

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