Hibs Ladies boss expects big response

Willie Kirk

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Hibernian Ladies manager Willie Kirk is seeking a reaction from his players as they prepare to face Celtic in a League and Cup double-header that could define their season.

The Hibees were knocked off top spot and dropped to fourth last weekend following their surprise 3-0 defeat against Rangers. Tomorrow they face Celtic at Albyn Park, Broxburn (kick-off 2pm) and are determined to get back to winning ways ahead of next weekend’s Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup semi-final showdown with the same opponents.

“I’m looking for a mental rather than a physical reaction from the players and I’m sure I will get it.” said Kirk. “The result last weekend against Rangers could prove to be the kick in the backside we needed in the long run. Tomorrow is a huge game for both clubs and although it’s one neither can afford to lose, I don’t expect either side to play with any fear so it will be quite open.”

Elsewhere, Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch hopes her side can build on last week’s 16-0 thumping of Forfar Farmington when they face SWPL strugglers Buchan at Maud Juniors, Aberdeenshire (kick-off 2pm). The Ainslie Park side have not been without their injury problems so far this term but the squad is slowly regaining its strength.

McCulloch said: “We got Natasha McMahon back last week and other than long term injuries to Lana Clelland, Clare Crosbie and Kirsty McLaughlin we have every back fit.”

Meanwhile, Hutchison Vale face Hamilton Academical at John Cumming Stadium, Carluke (kick-off 2pm).