Glasgow City will place host to rivals Celtic in the SWPL League Cup this Sunday at Petershill Park. In what can be described as a grudge match – given past conflicts off the field – this game will certainly have some added spice to it for both sides.
It will be the first time they have faced one another this season, in what is the game of the day, and will also be only the second time that the teams have faced one another since Celtic’s expulsion from the Scottish Cup Quarter Final last season, for failing to field a side. A decision which enraged the club and its management, but whose reasons for trying to postpone the match were not what they seemed, especially when Scotzine dug a little deeper.
An investigation which saw the club refuse all access to this site subsequently, as the dummy was firmly spat out of the pram.
City are defending champions, but Celtic – who have seen a number of players and staff move across the city to Rangers – will be looking to upset the odds and secure their second piece of silverware in six seasons.
Speaking ahead of the match, Glasgow City head coach, Eddie Wolecki Black said: “The quarter final draw has put us together with Celtic in what is undoubtedly the tie of the round. I shouldn’t have been surprised given how many times the two clubs have been drawn to face one another.
“I have to admit I prefer these ties as it means we must play well and work very hard to gain a victory and progress to the semi-finals. Both teams will believe that the winner of this tie will be favourites to win the trophy, but for me it is more about the performance of my team that I am interested in, not who is favourites to win this or that. We have been over this course many times and have seen both sides of a cup tie and we know which one we prefer.”
Celtic will be looking to put last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat to Hibernian behind them and get back to winning ways, while City will look to continue their 100% record this season as well as defend their crown.
The match is this Sunday 21st April at Petershill Park, Adamswell Street, Glasgow, G21 4DD. Entry is £5 adults, £3 concessions and children under 16 years are free.