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Five reasons to back the Hoops in the all-important SWPL Cup Final

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By Colette Carr

We are just over a week away from Celtic FC Women’s first cup final since 2018 and tickets for what manager Fran Alonso hopes will be a historic evening of thrills at Firhill are on sale now!

And if you needed any encouragement to get out and back a Celtic side in a Cup Final, here are five reasons to get down to Firhill and support the Ghirls who need your support now more than ever.

Festive family fun at the football

With the final kicking off the festive period, it’s given Scottish Women’s Football the perfect excuse to deck the halls of the Jackie Husband stand and transport fans to a Winter Wonderland ahead of kick-off. 

Their festive-themed fanzone will pull together live music, face-painting, club mascots, an exhibition on the 100 year anniversary since the ban on women’s football and so much more to keep the whole family warm and entertained ahead of the all-important first whistle and will all be topped off with a visit from the man in red himself.

Entertainment starts from 2pm with match tickets providing access to all activities to help you make a day of it!

The rocky, rocky road to Maryhill

Should Celtic get their hands on the League Cup come the final whistle, the feat would be a result of arguably the most difficult run the competition’s history.

The campaign began with comprehensive wins over Partick Thistle and Hearts, but with the drawing of Rangers away in the quarter-final stages, the campaign suddenly intensified and excitement kicked in.

The tie of the round drew plenty of eyes to see Wellings’ second-half strike sweep Rangers’ hopes of progression aside and send the Celts into raptures registering another famous win. 

Next came the four-in-a-row holders and Cup competition commandeers Hibs.

Until the 2019 Scottish Cup final, the Edinburgh side had had the monopoly over the two cup competitions since 2016, and the task of prying the trophy from Hibs’ clutches was never going to be easy. With the holders pouncing on the opportunity to take an early lead in the semi-final and go 1-0 in front, their expected resolve fired an early warning shot to the Hoops. 

But despite controlling the first half without finding a way back in, the Celts stepped it up a gear from the restart with Jacynta drawing it level within the first minute before Wellings’ stunner sealed Celtic’s slot in the final with just over ten left to play.

Now all that stands between Celtic and their second ever trophy is the last of the top four and 14-in-a-row League champions Glasgow City. Having knocked out two huge challengers already, it’d be a fitting victory to secure silverware having beaten all of the best that Scotland has to offer.

Harkes heralded for a return?

Fan-favourite Sarah Harkes made her return to action coming from the bench in Celtic’s 3-1 rescue mission over Aberdeen on Sunday, and the tenacious midfielder could be in line for more game-time in the final. 

The versatile midfielder had been out of commission since lashing in an electric volley in September’s 2-1 win over Hibs and was missed after an impressive run of form following a lengthy stretch out recovering from a knee injury. 

The American’s ability to marry the pretty with the ugly makes her cut a formidable figure in the middle, with the loss of her tactical awareness, technical ability and aggression all a blow for the Celtic management team.

While facing stern competition to get back into the starting eleven’s midfield two from impressive summer signings Shen, Olivia Chance and Tyler Toland, Harkes’ availability can give Alonso another welcome selection headache ahead of kick-off at Firhill. 

Down, but never out

Despite going a goal down four times this season, Celtic have only recorded one domestic defeat this term, flexing their credentials as a true force to be reckoned with regardless of setbacks. 

Their road to the final began with the Hoops trailing by a goal after only just six minutes at Petershill Park, and their most recent SWPL1 fixture had them 1-0 down at the break. But crucially the other similarity the matches four months apart from each other share is both ended 3-1 in favour of the Celts.

Much has been noted of Celtic’s regularly-seen “until the death” quality this season, and be it full-throttle engines, highly tuned concentration levels, or simply a relentless desire to take away a result, Alonso’s squad’s knack for battering down the door until the end has played it’s part in reaching the first cup final of the season, and may be a key difference once again.

Over a decade’s wait

Since their formation in 2007, Celtic FC Women have only lifted silverware once, when they won this very trophy all the way back in 2010. It’s been a long eleven years since Celtic beat Spartans 4-1 to raise the cup, and Celtic fans can be there to help push the Ghirls onto hopefully a magical moment of history after an agonising wait for more silverware success.

Buy your Glasgow City v Celtic Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup Final tickets now!


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