RANGERS LADIES travel to Parkhead tonight to face fierce rivals Celtic after a two-week international hiatus.
The Blue Belles will make history when they take on Celtic in their first match ever on the pitch at Celtic Park.
The move to play at Celtic Park came after the initial fixture was postponed on April 3rd. But this time round, the match is an all-ticket affair and only invited supporters are eligible to attend.
And Gers forward Katey Turner admits she is buzzing to take to the field in Glasgow’s east-end to try and silence the Hoops on their own patch.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to playing on such a big stage. It gives us a chance to show everyone the hard work that goes on in the team.
“I’m just excited to soak up the atmosphere. I’ve played on Ibrox Park before and in the run up to the match there’s such a buzz about the team. To get the win would make the experience even more enjoyable.”
Turner also explained that with Celtic in mind, while preparations should consistently be at a high standard regardless who opposition is, there’s always that little bit of extra motivation.
She said: “The preparation should be just as important for every game but I think for such a big fixture like the Old Firm there’s a lot more at stake.
“There’s a lot of emotions built up between the two teams which makes for a better competition when you’re out there on the pitch.
“The biggest games motivate me the most because it’s what we train so hard for. I seem to train harder so I can feel the fittest I possibly can. That allows me the best chance of performing at my peak.
She continued: “I think putting in the extra sessions pays off on match days.”
The Light Blues played at Ibrox against Hamilton last season and a derby clash taking place at Celtic Park shows just how far the reputation of women’s football has grown and improved.
Turner believes the exposure to facilities at the biggest clubs in the country can only benefit the teams and the women’s game in general.
She said: “We are getting so much more recognition for what we all do in the game. I think the gap between the women and men is closing and lots more people are gaining interest in women’s football, which is amazing to see.
“Getting the opportunity to play on the likes of Ibrox and Celtic Park is definitely a stepping stone in the right direction for the development of the women’s game.”