A huge weekend for Motherwell will be kicked off by the women of steel on Friday evening, when Donald Jennow’s side take on Celtic at K-Park.
On the back of successive league defeats, ‘Well will be keen to bounce back against a Hoops side buoyed by an impressive 5-1 victory over Spartans in their last outing.
Last weekend’s 4-0 reverse at home to Hibs was a harsh on ‘Well who, despite competing well for long spells of the game, were punished by their more clinical opponents.
With just five days between the fixtures, the game presents the ideal opportunity to get over that disappointment.
The game was initially moved to the Friday evening to be shown live on BBC Alba, however logistical issues mean this no longer will be the case.
Kick off at K-Park is 7:45pm. Adult entry will cost £5, concessions £3 and under 16s go for free.
The game will see Eddie Wolecki Black come up against Motherwell for the first time since departing the club for Celtic in the summer of 2018.
As well as a familiar face in the dugout, former ‘Well players Emma Black and Kirsty McLaughlin are both also likely to feature for the Hoops, with both players having played big roles in Motherwell’s SWPL2 success last season.
Celtic have enjoyed a good start to the new campaign, with two wins from their opening three fixtures.
In their last outing, they comfortably overcame Spartans 5-1 and will be aiming to push on in their bid to upset the dominance of Glasgow City and Hibernian at the top of the women’s game in Scotland.
Celtic: SWPL1 – third – six points
Motherwell: SWPL1 – sixth – three points
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Motherwell keeper Morgan Hunter is aiming to eradicate the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat to Hibs.
“Last week was tough, but I think we held our own very well in the first half,” she said. “We need to take that confidence into the game on Friday.
“There have been lots of changes to most teams in SWPL 1 this season so it’s hard to predict how things will go.
“Celtic will definitely be a tough opposition but we are more than ready to show we are too.”
‘Well boss Donald Jennow says the rescheduling of the fixture has had no impact on his preparations.
Jennow was disappointed the game will no longer be broadcast live on television, but insists his focus is on a positive result against Celtic.
“Whilst we are disappointed the match won’t be shown on Alba, it hasn’t impacted on our preparations,” Jennow said.
“It’s a game we’re all looking forward to and as far as we’re concerned, it’s business as usual as we look to bounce back following Sunday’s defeat.”