Bartle: Derby victory was bittersweet after disallowed winner


By Colette Carr

For Jodie Bartle, her first foray into the Glasgow Derby turned out to be a pretty memorable one, but it could’ve been so different for the unlucky defender.

Bartle, who walked away with an impressive cleansheet, could have also left the Rangers Training Centre with her first Celtic goal, but as fate would have it her would-be injury time winner was snatched out of her grasp in a moment of drama and controversy.

The Englishwoman bettered Jenna Fife from inside a busy box, but the referee pulled it back to the spot for an Emma Brownlie handball, leaving Summer Green to convert under immense pressure to win the game.

So while it was elation on the full-time whistle, Bartle confessed it was slightly difficult to swallow.  

"I’m sure that I’ve kicked that ball and he’s blown the whistle after which is really frustrating for me, but the fact the penalty was fantastically taken makes it easier to take,” she began, “if it wasn’t scored it might have been a bit more gutting, and I really, really do wish I could’ve taken the goal, but it’s more important that we’ve got the three points.”

Celtic travelled across the city to face Rangers in the first derby of the season, and Bartle credited her teammates and coaches for the hard-work that went into the 1-0 win against one of the title favourites. 

She said: “As a back four we performed so, so well and the amount we prepared for it during the week meant we were ready for the type of movement they had. The coaches and the manager did their job in preparations and research and that helped us so much. Our communication was on point with each other and our midfielders, but the preparations through the week really shone and defensively, I think we were sound.

“Everyone played out of their skin; Caitlin (Hayes) got her head on absolutely everything, Chloe (Warrington) was under pressure all the time but we were constantly solid. 

“Chloe Logan was just awesome - I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player like that. Some of the saves she pulled off were amazing - there were two in particular, but with one I remember just going over and hugging her because it was just phenomenal. Even in training she’s gone up a level in the past couple of weeks.”

The defender admitted she loves a derby, but the Glasgow one ranks high on her list with the unique atmosphere stunning the February signing.

“I could feel the difference yesterday, there was so much more behind it than the previous derbies against Glasgow City, but you could feel the emotions - tackles were a little harder and people were just a little fiercer.

“In the first half when we had the goal-line scramble and everyone was throwing themselves in front of the ball, it was then that I personally felt we had it and it was our game to win. Some games you need a bit of luck and the rub of the green and we just persevered and got the three points. 

“It’s so frustrating that we didn’t have the fans, because these are the best times to have them in, but we definitely made our own atmosphere and I love those sort of games.

“Fran always says to believe and we did that - it shows our strength and resilience as a team that we will play until the last minute,” she added.

Next up for the Celts is a trip to Edinburgh on Friday night for another tricky away day in the shape of Hibernian, but Bartle explained that while they have enjoyed their victory, focus is securely on the next.

“It’s a quick turnaround but the atmosphere at training has been great. I don’t think I’ve ever known everyone to be so happy but we’ll hit the ground running for Hibs now,” she told.

Celtic travel to Ainslie Park to face Hibernian on Friday 20 November in a 7:35pm kick-off. Watch live on BBC Alba.

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