“Hopefully they got a very good St Patrick’s Day,” Elena Sadiku

Celtic FC Women 2-1 theRangers Women – Tash Flint double sets up tight SWPL1 title race…

Celtic FC Women manager Elena Sadiku got her first taste of victory over theRangers this afternoon as a Tash Flint first half double was enough to earn Celtic the three points and in doing so they have reduced theRangers lead to just one point.

Celtic’s superior goal difference

And Glasgow City took advantage of theRangers losing for the first time this season with an important 2-0 win away to Hearts. The reigning SWPL1 Champions join Celtic on 59 points, a point behind theRangers Women. Celtic’s superior goal difference could end up being significant.

Here’s how the table looks after today’s results…

A delighted Elena Sadiku spoke to Celtic TV after the 2-1 win over theRangers. Here’s what she had to say…

“I feel very happy. I know how much the girls work every day and it’s not been easy, but I just enjoy the happiness from the players and the staff. It makes me happy as well.

“The first half shows the potential of this team. I’ve been saying it after every game that we’re not at our full potential, I still believe we have more to give. And that’s the trust and belief I have in the players. It makes me very proud of stand here today and congratulate the players because they did absolutely brilliant, especially in the first half.

Natasha Flint celebrates scoring her first goal during today’s Glasgow Derby match, Celtic FC Women v theRangers Women, SWPL1  at Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie 17 March 2024. Photo Luke Nickerson/Shutterstock

Identity as a coach

“My identity as a coach is that how we train is how we play and vice versa. So, I’m not shocked to see this performance because I know what the girls can do. It just makes me, like I said, proud to see us getting the points as well. It comes to the belief and working towards what we believe are the right things and it showed in the first half. As a coach today, I am very proud.

They just tried to force it

“The first goal that they [Rangers] scored was a goal that shouldn’t have been, I think we should’ve controlled it. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I wasn’t worried about that situation. But it was a goal and I think after that situation, they just tried to force it and good job to the girls on keeping them out. It just shows the power and the strong mentality we have in the team.

Natasha Flint of Celtic FC Women celebrates scoring her second goal during today’s Glasgow Derby match, Celtic FC Women v theRangers Women, SWPL1, at Excelsior Stadium – 17 March 2024. Photo Luke Nickerson Shutterstock

This win is for all of our fans

“It’s something that we do [continuing building] and I’m never going to get comfortable as a coach. The girls can enjoy the win, but they also know that we need to keep working hard. We’ve got tough games ahead and we can enjoy this now, but we always need to strive to be better.

“[The fans] were amazing. To hear the cheer, it gives us extra energy. I said before the game that I wanted to celebrate St Patrick’s Day together and hopefully they got a very good St Patrick’s Day. This win is for all of our fans.”

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