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Donaldson: People would be silly to write us off

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By Colette Carr

Despite the disappointment of last week’s return to action, Rachel Donaldson warns it “would be silly” to write Celtic off, as she praises her teammates for picking each other up as they prepare to go again, starting with the visit of Hearts.

The pacey forward said Celtic are still a dangerous side and is willing her side on to prove a point this weekend, much like they did when they stormed to a rousing 10-0 victory against the capital side last time out, in what was their first fixture after their last defeat. 

“I think we’re looking for a big statement and people would be silly to write us off,” she said at K-Park. 

“Of course we’ve had to overcome some adversity already this season, but sometimes you learn more from your mistakes and we’re a team that reflects on all the mistakes we make, even in games we’ve won. We’re always looking to improve, so the Hearts game is a big game for us and we want to prove we’re very capable, clinical and a very professional team and we’re hoping to take all three points deposit knowing it will be a challenge.”

The visit of the Edinburgh side was finally confirmed for this weekend after some to and fro, but the confirmation was welcome news for the squad says Donaldson, who hopes to right last week’s wrongs sooner rather than later. 

She explained: “After something like last week, you’re always just looking forward to your next game.

“You don’t want it hanging over you and especially with the run of congested fixtures, it’s really good that we can keep going, work on things and keep everything moving and not have to wait and hace that week off. I’m glad we get to play this weekend.”

And after last weekend’s loss, Donaldson credited the attitude of the players in keeping everyone’s heads up, and stressed the importance of the squad depth Fran Alonso has created, dubbing it “gold dust” as the relentless run in continues.

“We’re a very close team as well and it;s a good group of girls to go through these challenges with because everyone rallies around and picks each other up. The really nice thing about it is there’s great squad depth which is a bit like gold dust in this league - you really need that to get through this run of fixtures, so we’re really confident in all the girls. We’ve had some incredible performances so far from the young ones, so it’s really nice to see talent coming up and it just makes you work harder because you know someone is waiting to take your position off you. 

“I always try and work hard for my position because it’s hard to maintain it. Last weekend I was trying something different, but I just try to implement whatever the coaches ask of me and become a more well-rounded player,” she said.


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