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Clark: We need to use Forfar draw as motivation

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Celtic captain Kelly Clark has challenged her teammates to use the frustration from last December’s draw against Forfar Farmington as motivation on Sunday, as the Celts head north to Station Park.

The two points dropped in the 2-2 result is all that separates Celtic from second-placed Rangers, and Clark hopes her side can channel that and turn it into a fifth win on the bounce.

“If the girls don't feel like that, they need to ask themselves if they've got a competitive enough mindset to play at the club,” she began. “When you look at the League table and you see we're two points behind Rangers and you know the reason is that really poor performance against Forfar, if that's not motivation going into Sunday to put in an amazing performance and get the result, then I don't know what motivation I could give them.

“It's really frustrating looking at the league. I know we've lost to Glasgow City twice, but we've done really well to beat Rangers twice and we're the only team to do that so you are looking at that Forfar game and seeing it as two points thrown away. The performance wasn't good and we were slack - we've seen some of it back this week through training and it's disappointing.”

The former Forfar-youth graduate has been returning to play following an injury sustained in training, and while admitting it was hard to take, she’s grateful things weren’t as bad as first appeared. 

"I'm feeling good now. It was frustrating, but speaking to players at other clubs, there has been a number of injuries and quite a lot of ankle injuries, and coming into such a busy period you knew there was going to be injuries, but you never think it's going to be you.

"Thankfully it wasn't as bad as we first thought and I've been able to be phased back in. I rested for a few games and managed it between myself and the medical staff so I'm feeling good now," she told.

Following appearing in the season restart against Glasgow City, Clark had to watch on as the Celts beat Hearts 3-0 and Spartans 5-1 from the stands, before making appearances from the bench against Rangers and Hibs, something she credits her teams’ performances for allowing her to do.

“The girls put on a couple of really good shows. In the second half of Hearts and the full 90 at Spartans, they made my life easy watching from the stand and it was really enjoyable to see some nice football. I obviously came back into the squad for the Rangers game, and watching that from the stand was a bit different. We did ride our luck a bit, but the performances against Hearts and Spartans were a joy to watch.

“If they are playing well it gives you the opportunity to come on. If games aren't going to plan, bringing someone on that's being phased back is a bit risky, and you'd be going on with a bit of pressure on your shoulders, but against Rangers we were 1-0 up when I went on to just pull us together for the last five minutes, and against Hibs it was 3-1 when I went on to see out the last half hour, so the girls got us into positions I could come in. Those minutes are obviously vital when coming back from an injury as well.”


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