AMY MCDONALD believes that this Sunday’s game in the SWPL against league leaders Glasgow City will be a true gauge of where her side stack up against the league’s best.

The champions face Rangers at New Tinto Park this Sunday but the Blue Belles will be motivated by their pre-season victory over City.

The new manager could be forgiven for hoping for a slightly easier fixture so early in to her tenure. However, McDonald is looking forward to the challenge that City will bring.

She said:

We know how good they are, they have got some cracking players, both their professionals and younger ones coming through.

“However, when youre playing, you want to play the best and beat the beat.

Throughout the week, McDonald and her team have been working hard to prepare the team for a very difficult challenge saying that: We have been working this week trying to install a feeling of professionalism and motivation into the team.

In training we have tried to implement more of our concepts in what are looking for in attacking, defending and transitioning. The players have been fantastic, they have shown a real drive and determination and a willingness to learn. As a coach, that is exactly the type of players you want to work with.

Rangers are coming off the back of two straight wins, including five goals scored and zero conceded. McDonald believes that this momentum could be pivotal on Sunday.

She said:

When youre a footballer you want to win and you want to remain competitive. In training this week it has been very competitive and we want to keep that going and intensify it.

“It is still very early stages, but we are looking to make progress, not only on the pitch, but up the table too.

McDonald believes that this Sundays match will be a very tough ask but that her team will approach it the right way.

She continued:

If we get anything out of the match on Sunday then that will be a good result for us. However, if we show the right amount of determination and passion then we just might get something from it.

Rangers will kick off against Glasgow City at 2pm this Sunday at New Tinto Park. Admission will be £5 for Adults, £3 for Concessions and kids go free.

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