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Wolecki Black believes Hibs learning curve will spur Celts on

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Manager Eddie Wolecki Black will use Celtic’s narrow defeat to Hibs as a learning curve and is calling on his players to quickly get back to winning ways.

Celtic’s trip to Edinburgh to face double cup holders Hibs provided a real litmus test in the initial stages of the season and despite an action-packed 2-1 loss to Hibs, the manager affirmed his belief it will benefit his players in the long run.

“We take the fact we were competitive right until the end – that’s for sure,” he said following full-time at Ainslie Park.

“There are things we can learn from that match, so we can be optimistic and we will benefit from that today, so, the next time we face one of the top sides I think we’ll be better equipped to manage the match.”

In the first two games of the season, the Hoops have made a habit of scoring early. Against Hibs, Celtic took the bull by the horns and broke the deadlock after only seven minutes, but the early goal was cancelled out after they failed to manage the rest of the match according to Wolecki Black.

“We’ll do our analysis and pull the clips we can learn from. Everything in life is about the same thing, you learn from it and make sure you don’t make the same mistakes again and we’ll make sure that’s our priority. It was like we didn’t know how to cope with being ahead and we almost gave Hibs an advantage in letting them set the tempo, we’re better when we control it,” he said.

With two league games now under their belts, Celtic face Dundee United in the Scottish Women's Premier League Cup First Round, which could provide the perfect antidote to Sunday’s defeat, but the manager is taking nothing for granted against the newly promoted, unseeded Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 side.

“Hopefully the players will react very positively and bounce back with a win to get us back on track. We’re under no illusion that when you travel anywhere in the cup there is no guarantees – you’ve got to earn the right to be in the hat for next round. It’s a chance to go into the quarter-finals so of course I’m expecting a highly motivated group of players next week.

Celtic travel to Dundee United in the first round of the SWPL Cup on Sunday 24 February in a 4pm kick-off at the GA Arena.

 

 

 


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