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Match Preview: Hibernian Women vs Celtic

THE LOWDOWN

This Sunday we take on Celtic at the Tony Macaroni Arena in Park's Motor Group SWPL 1 action for our first match of 2022.

Following our 3-1 derby victory over hearts and the ensuing festive period, Dean Gibson and his side are looking to pick up right where they left off in 2021.

THE OPPOSITION

Celtic currently sit 3rd in the Park's Motor Group SWPL 1, five points behind Rangers in 1st.

In their last fixture before the festive period, Celtic secured a 7-0 victory over Motherwell. Prior to that victory, Celtic defeated Glasgow City 1-0 on December 5th to win the Park's Motor Group SWPL 1 League Cup. This was Celtic Women's first piece of silverware since 2010.

Hibs and Celtic have met twice so far this season with Celtic winning both matches 2-1.

Dean Gibson believes his side have what it takes to beat Celtic

MANAGER’S NOTES

Dean Gibson has shared his thoughts ahead of the upcoming match against Celtic and has provided us with a squad update.

“As a group, we are looking forward to getting 2022 underway. It’s been quite a frustrating period where we have only had one game in around six weeks. So, to get back and know it’s going to be every weekend again is exciting and we are raring to go.

“The last game before the break was special and a great victory in a difficult environment, but we need to forget about it now and move onto the next one which is this weekend against Celtic. They don’t get much tougher in this league than this one.

“The League Cup game against Celtic was extremely disappointing in terms of the result, we felt we had done more than enough to win that game. The performance, especially in the first 45 minutes, was excellent. We need to try and carry that into Sunday.

“Celtic are a side that just never gives up. They don’t know when they’re beaten. They have a good belief about them, and they play on the front foot. We know if we match that as we did against them in the semi-final, we are more than good enough to win these games.

“We have had a couple of niggles since the return from the break but nothing too serious which is good. Eilidh Adams is the only real longer-term injury although we hope to have her back in a couple of weeks!”

Colette Cavanagh scored against Celtic in the Park's Motor Group SWPL 1 fixture in September

FROM THE CHANGING ROOM

Colette Cavanagh has discussed the side's recent victory against Hearts before the festive period and is hoping for another victory this weekend.

“We are still buzzing (after the derby win)! We all knew ourselves that our performance against Hearts wasn’t the best, but we still got the win and that is all that matters. It’s good to know that even after a poor performance we’re still able to get the 3 points. It was amazing to have a fantastic crowd again and hopefully we see more of this in 2022.

“We are all feeling very optimistic going into Sunday’s game. We know how well we played in the first half of the semi and over the season, we’ve been consistent and more of a threat going forward so we will continue that again.

“It’s very important because it can show everyone that we can still compete against full-time professional players even though all of us are balancing studies and jobs. We’re such a talented squad and have made big improvements since last season. We’ve narrowly missed out on getting brilliant results against Celtic and we’re hoping to change that this weekend.

“It’s definitely a chance to get revenge. We didn’t deserve to lose that semi-final with our performance. We dominated the ball and cause them so many problems that they had to change their team and tactics at halftime. It should be a great game and we’re all really looking forward to it.

“They will still be full of confidence from the final, but we’ll just focus on ourselves and what we can bring to the game on Sunday.”

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BE PART OF THE ACTION

The game will kick-off at 16:10 live at the Tony Macaroni Arena

You can purchase your ticket here: https://bit.ly/HIBCELTickets