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Hayes: If we don't refocus, Hibs winner isn't worth it

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By Colette Carr

While soaking in the magic of fulfilling a childhood dream and scoring her first goal for Celtic, Caitlin Hayes stressed that the Celts must stay focussed, to make sure their 12 game unbeaten stretch hasn’t been in vain.

Hayes scored the winner in a battling 1-0 victory over Hibs midweek to keep things in the Hoops’ own hands, and after coming close from the set pieces on numerous occasions, the defender believes it was the right moment to find her personal breakthrough, with a little bit of help from her manifesting teammates.

“It’s great to get my first goal - obviously it’s a privilege to put the shirt on every time but to score was special,” she said.

“Kelly had text me during the day saying “I have a feeling you’re going to score today”, and I said, “I hope you’re right”, but never really believed it which is why I ran to her after and gave her a hug, because she put it into the universe that it was going to happen and it did, so I was thankful for it and the cross in was different gravy. Keeva also said it, so it was a great moment and I’ve not taken the opportunities I was given and thankfully I felt like that was the right time to score my first goal.

“As soon as it went in I lost my head and I think everyone else did too,” she laughed.

While Celtic have done tremendously well to bounce back from their returning day loss to Glasgow City, the centre back believes Celtic cannot deviate from their one game at a time mentality to make sure their hard work hasn’t been for nothing.

She said: “If we don’t refocus, the goal isn't worth it, the hard work isn’t worth it, the wins against Rangers aren’t worth it. Obviously turning up to training each day and focusing on the next is the mentality that we’ve had since the beginning so it’s more so of a habitual routine now.

“We keep our heads down, work hard and hopefully reap what we sow.” 

And there’s no room for complacency, given today’s visitors are the only side to take points off Celtic other than league leaders Glasgow City.

“We obviously dropped two points against them last time we played them at home and we want to put that right,” she added.


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