Rangers and Hibs ready for battle
Friday, 22 March 2013
Rangers defender Kathryn Hill insists her side deserved to take something from last weekend’s clash against Glasgow City and they are determined to make amends when they face Hibs this Sunday.
The Govan girls were edged out by the odd goal-in-five in a thrilling contest against the champions and the former Kilwinning youngster believes the best in yet to come from her side.
“Last weekend’s match against City was a tough game; just as we expected.” commented the 18-year-old defender.
“City is a really good side and although they have lost a few players they have signed good players too and we competed well even though we didn't get anything out the game.
“I felt we deserved something from the game and we were probably unlucky not to get anything, but that's football and we will just focus on our next match now and take the positives from the City performance.
The transformation in Rangers during the close season has been remarkable and the positive influence of new boss Angie Hind is being felt both on and off the field at Ibrox.
Kathryn commented: “Angie coming in has been a real positive as she's managed to bring in good players but also bring out the best of the ones who were already there.
“I'm really enjoying my football at the moment and Angie is a great coach. I feel like I'm constantly learning at training and in games which is always good.
“Everyone who has come in has lots of experience and are all really good players.
“Being one of the younger players myself, I feel it's good to have players to look up to in the team.
On Sunday Rangers aim to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointment when they face a Hibernian side that Hill believes is full of quality.
She said: “Hibs have always been in the top three or four teams so even just from that we know it’s going to be another tough game.
“I'm sure both teams will be looking to get the three points so it will be a competitive and good game I'm sure and one I'm looking forward to.
“I know a few of their girls from being involved with the Scotland u19s team this year. They're all really good players and some have been involved in the SWNT, so they have a lot of good and experienced players in their team.”
Elsewhere, Spartans face the toughest test of their title chasing credentials when they face Glasgow City at Ainslie Park.
Goalkeeper Rachel Harrison believes her side can topple the champions but only if they match their opponents in every department.
“Beating City is going to be a tough challenge but I believe we can do it.” she said.
“The gap between City and the rest of the teams has definitely reduced with everyone strengthening and making some fantastic signings as well as promoting exceptional youth talent.
“Even though City has lost some very talented individuals recently they have made some good signings and are still an immense team.
“Sunday’s challenge will be a great test for us and a good indicator to see where we are as a team as new players have come in and we have had a good and tough preseason.”
Hutchison Vale take on Falkirk at Recreation Park and boss Ian McDonald is confident his side can maintain their 100% winning start.
He said: “Without being disrespectful to Falkirk; when the fixtures came out we targeted six points from our first two matches and we’re halfway there.
“We’ve taken a lot of confidence from last weekend’s win over Kilwinning, had a good week in training and have no knocks going into the match.
“We want to be challenging for a top six place this season and a good start is essential, but only time will tell if we are good enough for that yet.”
Celtic and Kilwinning face one another just three weeks after clashing in the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup and the Ayrshire side will be hoping to do better on this occasion.
In the weekend’s other matches Aberdeen look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat from Hibs when they host Buchan at Sunnybank Juniors and Forfar Farmington are at home to Hamilton Academical.
This weekend's games in full:
Falkirk v Hutchison Vale, Recreation Park, Alloa, Kick-off 4.00pm
Celtic v Kilwinning, Lennoxtown, Kick-off 4.00pm
Forfar Farmington v Hamilton Academical, Station Park, Forfar, Kick-off 4.00pm
Aberdeen v Buchan, Sunnybank Juniors, Aberdeen, Kick-off 2.00pm
Spartans v Glasgow City, Spartans Academy, Edinburgh, Kick-off 1.00pm
Rangers v Hibernian, Petershill Park, Glasgow, Kick-off 2.00pm