AMY MCDONALD has called on Rangers fans to get down and support her team as they take on Celtic as home this Sunday.
The Gers women’s team will kick-off their Old Firm derby two hours after the men take on their rivals away from home.
Head Coach McDonald has called the game a real test but is hopeful of a positive result after her team brushed aside Forfar in the SWPL Cup last time out.
She said: “I think it is a real test for us going into Sunday, it is a game you always want to be competitive in but equally for us and also Celtic, our aim is to finish higher up the table this year. We need to ensure that we take three points from the match.
“Our start to the season has been a bit up and down. I would say we are really happy with the weekend’s result in the SWPL Cup, we had four different goal scorers again which was really pleasing but likewise we still really disappointed with the result against Hibs.
“However we needed to dust ourselves down and the girls did that on Sunday, we are into the semi-finals of that competition and got a difficult draw against Glasgow City.
“I would like to see as many people as possible come down to support us. I think unless you have seen it for yourself then don’t write it off, we don’t proclaim to be the men’s game but it is the game of football.
“Celtic are a really physical well organised side, they have some really good players in Sarah Ewens and have brought in some experienced players in Kirsty McLaughlin and Emma Black.
“They are always dogged and determined and make it a real battle. I guess for us we need to ensure that we don’t fall into that trap and we play our own game.
“A win would keep momentum because very quickly we will be at the SWPL Cup semi-final.
“We have Celtic this week and then an international break which in a way makes it a tougher test. We need to ensure our preparation is right and a win would really boost that.”
Rangers have lost just once in their opening to the 2019 season and after the announcement of Modern Apprenticeships for the Women and Girls Programme McDonald sensing a change in attitude from her side.
She continued: “A lot of the girls are beginning to believe in themselves a bit more, as a squad they are really bonded more and you can see that in training.
“They are really pushing each other competitively to be able to drive up the standards.
“It has been a transition period for us, the overall product is more professional now and with that come a pressure and a real responsibility for the players.
“It has been a real step this season and it is just going to continue to grow like that, we need to make sure we get everything right on the pitch. The more we get results then the better it will be for the overall programme.”
RANGERS face Celtic for the first time this season at New Tinto Park on Sunday and you can read the match programme here.
The Gers came from behind for a 2-1 league win last time out and the Light Blues will be looking for another win at Benburb today.
Rangers host Celtic in the SBSSWPL at Benburb Football Club on 31st March. Kick off is at 14:00. Tickets are £5 for adults, £2 for concessions and kids go FREE.
Benburb Football Club is located less than a mile away from Ibrox Stadium.