AMY MCDONALD believes that Rangers were their own worst enemy as they lost 4-1 to city rivals Celtic.

Speaking after the defeat, McDonald stated that the team failed to implement their game plan after losing three goals in the opening 20 minutes.

She said:

“I think a lot of the things that we worked on in training we never took onto the pitch. Especially in the first half, to concede the three goals so quickly just isn’t good enough.

“However, I would say that if the third goal, with the challenge put in on Jade Baillie, whether that should be allowed or not.

“To then have the penalty and the opportunity to get one back just before half time we need to better.

“In fairness I thought Megan Cunningham pulled off a couple of great saves today. We got better as the game went on, but by that time it was too late.”

As the team struggled to find a way back into the match, McDonald acknowledged a lack of experience as a factor.

She said: “We were really lacking in the centre of midfield, they’ve got really strong powerful players.

“We lacked quality to get on the ball. I think that we done that the last fifteen minutes of the game.

“We came more and more into it but we have to do that all the time. We need to play the ball on the ground we need to be able to make better decisions and we didn’t do that for the 90 minutes.

“Again we’ve been punished for it. It’s similar to the Hibs game it’s our mistakes and the way that we are operating that’s causing the biggest issue.”

Looking ahead to the SWPL Cup match against Glasgow City in two weeks after the international break, McDonald knows that it’s a tough task.

She said: “We’ve got a big task ahead of us but it’s one that we’ve got time to be able to organize the team.

“It’s going to be really difficult against a Glasgow City side who are pushing for the league and a lot of their players have really developed this year.

“We need to be at our best for 90 minutes, we need to focus in training and be positive and optimistic.”

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