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Five reasons to support the Celts this Sunday in the semi-final!

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By Colette Carr

Celtic take to the Forthbank Stadium in Stirling this Sunday where they’ll battle it out with SWPL Cup holders Hibs for a place in the Firhill final next month - so here’s five reasons why you should get along and roar the Ghirls on in the first semi-final of the season. 

Bounceback kids

Celtic haven’t often suffered defeat during Fran Alonso’s tenure, but when they do, they are a proposition not to be taken lightly. A 25-game unbeaten domestic run came to an end last weekend but as history shows, the Celts have a knack of responding to defeat well. 

After a frustrating opening day loss in the 20/21 season to Glasgow City, the Hoops ruthlessly took their frustrations out on Hearts the following week winning 10-0, and after a disappointing return to action after the league lockdown came with a 3-0 loss to the eventual champions, Celtic went on a 13-match unbeaten run only dropping a further two points to secure Champions League football.

While Hibs pose a difficult threat to Celtic’s cup ambitions this season and Alonso’s side know the challenge they face, the Hoops are gunning to put last weekend’s defeat behind them and get back to winning ways.

Taking on the cup titans

Hibs have dominated the League Cup competition having held onto the trophy since 2016. The four-in-a-row holders will be keen to find themselves in the final and attempt to maintain their stranglehold over it at the first time of asking since it’s reintroduction into the calendar post-COVID suspensions.

Both sides have already met this season in a tight affair where Charlie Wellings proved the difference when she knocked in an injury time winner at the Penny Cars, setting up an enticing encounter in the second semi-final.

Normal life restored

The absence of the cup competitions last season meant it was all to play for in the league, but having the opportunity to get your hands on silverware before the festive season gets underway has given a new lease of life to clubs across Scotland.

Cup competitions are part of the fabric of football and offer more routes to success, and after last season, every cup game is an opportunity to be appreciated now and grasped with both hands.

First of two Celtic semi-finals this month

It’s the first of two Celtic semi-finals this month with the Bhoys heading to Hampden to take on the men’s League Cup holders St Johnstone, so get behind both squads in a big month for the club and back both sides as they aim to make two out of two finals.

Semi-final football for a fiver or less

Tickets are priced at just £5 for adults and £2 for concessions, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get the whole family along to semi-final football and support the Celts. Tickets can be bought at the gate.


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