By Nick Ware

20th Apr, 2021 | 10:00am

Rangers Women Expert demands win v Celtic to keep up title challenge

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. 

The Old Firm fixtures just keep on coming as Rangers Women clash Celtic in a crucial clash that could be vital in determining the SWPL winner.

The Blue Belles make the short trip to their bitter rivals on Wednesday just three days after the Men’s team dispatched Celtic 2-0 at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup.

It’s now on the Women’s team to replicate that success and continue their good form that has them neck-and-neck at the top of the SWPL with Glasgow City.

There are still eleven fixtures to go in the season but with Rangers holding a five-point advantage over third-placed Celtic this is the chance to push them out of sight and ensure it is the two-horse race that everyone expects.

The reverse fixture in November remains the Gers’ only defeat in 10 league outings so far so revenge will be firmly on their minds.

Ahead of the game Ibrox News spoke to our Rangers Women’s expert Rhiannon Hughes for her thoughts ahead of Wednesday’s clash.

“A win on Wednesday is absolutely crucial,” she said.

“We owe them from the result in November and it’s important to match [Glasgow] City right now until we play them again.

“I’m fully confident. I know both teams will be up for it as it is an Old Firm, but we’ve got a very strong starting 11, and a very good bench. When the subs come on the game plan doesn’t change.

“I don’t think much needs to change squad wise unless [Zoe] Ness comes back from injury. I’d personally start [Brogan] Hay, she’s pacey and we could use that.

“I think we’ve got some brilliant players that came in after that game and could change the result, we couldn’t capitalise on our chances but we’ve got a solid front three that definitely can now.

“Celtic had a strong win themselves this weekend but we just need to play at our best, use our width and break them down.

“Fingers crossed. We definitely have the calibre to beat them. I’m excited for this one.”

With Glasgow City steamrollering teams at the moment it’s incumbent on Rangers to keep picking up victories to ensure they don’t streak ahead.

Their last two games have yielded 15 goals without reply (7-0 at Forfar Farmington, 8-0 versus Motherwell) so it’s scary times for the Blue Belles.

Getting revenge for November’s 1-0 defeat to Celtic would be double elation and act as a huge boost ahead of the run-in.

In other Rangers Women news, our expert praises powers of persistence in grinding 1-0 win over Hibernian.