The Celtic Women’s team return to action this weekend, and it’s a game on the big stage as they take on Stirling University at Celtic Park. The league match is on Sunday, April 16 (KO: 4pm), and it provides a great opportunity for Celtic fans to get along and cheer the team on.
The Hoops have enjoyed a good start to the campaign, remaining unbeaten in the league and progressing to the semi-final of the League Cup, where they will face Spartans. And having made their Paradise bow last season with a 5-1 demolition derby win over Rangers, the team will be aiming for another good performance and result this Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the game midfielder Kerry Montgomery admitted that there is a sense of anticipation within the squad at the prospect of another match at Celtic Park.
“This, of course, will be the second time I've had the chance to play at Celtic Park and I'm really excited," Kerry told the official Celtic website. "The first time we were winners against Rangers and we know it's going to be another huge occasion. We will need to put in a good performance again and everyone is really buzzing.
“I’m hoping my family can make the journey through from Edinburgh for the game. My dad always tells me to stick in and do my best. He's very proud of me playing for his team, so having the chance to play at Celtic Park is massive for us all.”
The midfielder produced an outstanding Player of the Match performance on her last appearance at Celtic Park and she would be delighted to do the same again, although as long as the Hoops take all three points she’ll be happy.
“The pitch is huge, but I think that will suit us,” she said. “We will have a lot more space than usual to move the ball and create. The players are aware of the extra space and potential extra running, so training has been intense this week to get us ready for that.
“The grass on Celtic park is a great surface to play on and, having Barrowfield which also has a grass surface as our second training venue, we are used to switching from 3G to grass.
“I think it would be brilliant to get as many fans there as possible, not just for the players and the occasion, but for women's football in general. Celtic is the biggest club in Scotland and one of the biggest in Europe so it's a huge deal for us to represent the club and play at Paradise.
“Our league is very competitive this year and we have a very good chance to succeed, so it would be great to get a good backing from fans to support us.”
Scottish Women’s Premier League One
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Celtic v Stirling University
Celtic Park (KO: 4pm)
Pay at the gate: Adults £5, concessions £3, U16s free
Reported by Celtic FC
Picture: Celtic FC