Rangers take on Hibernian at Recreation Park tomorrow in the Unite Women’s Scottish Cup Final. Hibernian had a tough ride to this year’s Final having to knock out Spartans, Celtic and Glasgow City on route. Victory tomorrow would seal their fifth Scottish Cup in eight years.
Manager Willie Kirk said: “Everyone is really looking forward to the cup final, not only the day itself, but also the build up to it.
“There has been a real buzz about the place since the semi-final victory. For some it will be their first final and for others, their fifth or sixth, but you can see the same excitement throughout the full squad. The mood is very good and we are all itching for the game to arrive now.
“We have no suspension or injury problems and it is going to be a very difficult decision in arriving at the starting eleven. As a squad we are very disappointed to have finished fourth in the league as third place was very achievable after putting together a fantastic run after the summer break, so we feel that there is definitely unfinished business to attend to this season.
This is the second time in their three year history Rangers Ladies have reached this stage in the competition. Their Final spot came courtesy of a penalty shoot out win over Celtic Reserves in a fantastic semi-final at Toryglen last month.
Defender Lesley McMaster is determined to rid her side of the memory of their 5-0 thrashing to Glasgow City in their last Final outing.
“Losing to Glasgow City was such a disappointment,” she said. But this time we really feel we can go on and win the trophy.”
“Last year, we were still a First Division team and I think we maybe just lacked experience of playing against the country’s best sides. The result hit us quite hard. We were gutted as we had really believed we could get something from the game. We had beaten Spartans in the last four and they were one of the teams people fancied to win the competition so when we lost in the final it was tough.
“The margin of the defeat was the hardest thing to accept. City were certainly favourites as they were the Premier League champions. At the same time, we still wanted to do better and this season we want to prove to everyone we’re good enough and we deserve to have got this far.”
The game kicks-off at 3.15pm and it is being played at Recreation Park. Admission is £4.00 for adults £2.00 for children and concessions and £10.00 for a family ticket (2 adults 2 children).