By Nick Ware

19th Apr, 2021 | 9:10pm

Rangers Women Expert lauds powers of persistence in vital 1-0 victory over Hibernian

We’re delighted to welcome Rhiannon Hughes from the Rhiannon’s Rangers Rundown podcast, as our exclusive Rangers Women’s expert. Each week she’ll be giving her views on the biggest talking points at Auchenhowie.

Lizzie Arnot scored the only goal of the game to secure a vital 1-0 win for Rangers Women over Hibernian on Sunday afternoon.

Arnot struck her ninth goal of the season early in the second half to ensure the Blue Belles remained level on points with SWPL leaders Glasgow City, who are now ahead by virtue of goals scored after they hammered Motherwell 8-0 on the same day.

Ibrox News’ Rangers Women’s football expert Rhiannon Hughes delivered her assessment on what was a crucial win to keep up the pace with City.

“It’s definitely an important three points,” she said.

“Hibs are a fantastic team, we only managed a 1-0 last time we played them. I’d agree with Malky Thompson that it wasn’t the best performance as I felt in certain spells Hibs were able to control the tempo and didn’t allow us to flow and use our width as we normally do.

“They were well organised in defence and it was difficult to break them down. It shows the quality of our players when we were eventually able to get our goal. It’s definitely a case of points over performance, Glasgow City look a much different team than they were when we beat them 5-0 in December.”

There was a concerning moment in the first half at the Rangers training centre when Gers skipper Brianna Westrup suffered a horrible -looking head injury, but she soldiered on to complete the game.

Subsequent pictures showed a nasty looking lump on her head. [Scottish Sun]

“She took that knock and didn’t miss a step,” Rhiannon told Ibrox News.

“I’m very excited to see the centre-back partnership with her and [Chantelle] Swaby. I feel like if the physios felt she was unable to continue to play they would have forced that change, they would have had another look at half time.

“Also, I think that Westrup is the type of player who wouldn’t want to come off unless completely necessary. I’m sure she’ll be looked at again today but I’ve not seen anything coming out of Auchenhowie to suggest any injury.”

Big test ahead

Rangers take on Celtic next in the second Old Firm in four days after the men’s team swept aside the Bhoys 2-0 on Sunday.

Celtic are five points behind the Blue Belles and will be eyeing a repeat of November’s win to move within two points of their visitors.

In other Rangers news, BBC pundit amazed by ‘Outrageous’ moment in Gers 2-0 win v Celtic.