Hibs Women beat Celtic to win Champions League place

Chris Roberts with one of his goalscorers, Emma Brownlie
Chris Roberts with one of his goalscorers, Emma Brownlie
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Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts praised his side after they clinched a spot in next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Emma Brownlie and Kirsty Smith scored the goals as Hibs overcame Celtic 2-1 at Albyn Park to ensure they will, at worst, finish in second place in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

“We’re all absolutely delighted to have qualified,” said Roberts, “It’s obviously a huge achievement and something we’ll all look forward to next season.

“The girls thoroughly deserve it after flying the flag for the club so proudly all season.

“They train so hard, like full-time players, even though our game is ultimately amateur and this will give the girls a platform to showcase their talents and hopefully raise the support.

“Whilst everyone is delighted, it’s not something we can allow ourselves to celebrate too much because there is still so much to play for.

“It’s good to know that we’ve got a Champions League place in the bag but there are still massive games to come in both the league and Scottish Cup and they absolutely must be our focus.”

Hibs remain three points behind Glasgow City after goals from Leanne Ross and Hayley Lauder gave the league leaders full points against Spartans.

Elsewhere, Hearts Ladies’ survival hopes suffered a blow as the Jambos lost 4-0 to already relegated Hamilton Academical at New Douglas Park.

Time is fast running out for Hearts if they are to avoid relegation as they trail Forfar Farmington by seven points with only three games remaining.

“It’s a massively disappointing result and our performance simply wasn’t good enough,” said Hearts boss Grant Scott.

“We never really got into the pace of the game and although the scoreline probably flatters Hamilton a little, they deserved their win.

“It’s going to be difficult but we’re not giving in and will fight right to the very end. We’re realistic enough to know it is going to be very hard but we will fight on.

“It is times like these that I really get to see whether we have the right kind of players at the club.”

Hutchison Vale were beaten 5-2 at home by Stirling University.