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This Sunday 2nd April, PTWFC take on Celtic at the Excelsior Stadium for a 12:10 kick off.

Thistle come off the back of a 1-0 defeat against Hearts in a match that kicked off our campaign in the top six of the SWPL. The girls put in a great display against the Jam Tarts and were unlucky to lose all three points in a tightly contested affair.

A result here for Brian Graham’s side would be massive as we face an incredibly strong Celtic side and look to prove ourselves as we travel away to Airdrie.

ℹ️ Fixture Information

📍Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
🕐Sun 2nd April, 12:10pm
🎟️Adults: £8 / U16: £4
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Our Opponents: Celtic

Celtic have had a great season, picking up 57 points so far in the league from a possible 69.

Sitting in 2nd position, Fran Alonso’s side will be looking to secure all three points and remain chasing Glasgow City in their title race. Having gained a stoppage time equaliser to rivals Rangers in a historic first Sky showing of the SWPL1, they’ll be looking to use that momentum in this Glasgow derby.

There are several club links between the two sides with midfield magician Cara Henderson coming through the ranks at Celtic and captaining their academy side. Current top scorer Rachel Donaldson made the move over from Celtic last season and Of course, we also currently have Abbie Ferguson on loan from the hoops therefore she will unfortunately be ruled out of this tie under the terms of the loan agreement.

The last meeting between the squads ended in favour of Fran Alonso’s side in what was a day to forget for the Jags. Brian Graham’s squad will be looking to make a better showing of themselves as we approach this tie.

Thistle so far

The match against Hearts proved to be difficult however that is the calibre we are looking at when playing in this top 6. An unfortunate and scrappy goal that looked to be scored by Emma Brownlie in a bizarre manner. Whilst a defeat isn’t ideal, our girls put in a great performance from start to finish and take plenty of positives going forward.

Taylor McGlashan made her first start of the season after returning from injury and put in a great performance from the back and nearly completing the full 90 minutes in the process. There were good performances from others in the squad as well with the full front line putting in some impressive displays but just lacking that finishing product in the final third. Our defence also proved to be able to handle the Hearts frontline and, in particular Georgia Timms who has caused problems to our defence in previous showings, which just shows how far we have progressed since the start of the season.

Taking the positives from that showing at Petershill, Brian Graham’s squad has had a good week of training in preparation for the match against Celtic. The team are looking to use this opportunity to show what we are made of as we approach this tough tie.

Strong followings from the Red and Yellow Army so far this season have really helped our girls. Your support has played a big part, now we have our opportunity to bring the fight to some of the best clubs in the country, and that continues this Sunday.

Team News

Rebecca McGowan and Cheryl McCulloch appear to be out for this fixture following their injuries suffered against Rangers earlier in the season. As previously mentioned, Abbie Ferguson is ineligible for this tie which is a huge loss with the young striker’s attacking presence being felt in recent times. Our management squad will be looking to find the best team available as we make the journey to the Excelsior Stadium.

Word From The Squad

⏮ Match Rewind

2nd October 2022
(Ashworth-Clifford, 15′) (Jacynta, 27′)

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