Joelle Murray welcomes intense second half for Hibs Ladies

Joelle Murray can't wait for the Champions League draw. Pic: SNS

Joelle Murray can't wait for the Champions League draw. Pic: SNS

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Hibs Ladies captain Joelle Murray says she expects the second half of the season to be one of the most intense she’s experienced – but insists she wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Hibees are involved in the thick of the action and return to league duty tomorrow following a four-week break when they travel to K-Park to play hosts Celtic.

Chris Roberts’ side are currently in pursuit of a domestic treble having won the League Cup last month and sit just two points adrift of reigning league champions and current leaders Glasgow City. The Capital outfit also have a favourable home tie with Renfrew next weekend in the last-16 of the Scottish Cup.

But, the anticipation doesn’t end there, as the squad will learn their fate on September 1 when the draw for the last 32 of the Champions League is made and Murray, 29, can’t wait to be a part of it.

“We’re all really looking forward to the rest of the season. It will be intense but I expect it to be really exciting fighting on three fronts and then having the Champions League as well,” she explained. “The big games are coming thick and fast but we’re definitely up for the challenge.

“With the season being as intense as it has been, it’s always good to have a mid-season break. We had a week to ten days off but it was then straight back into almost what was like a mini pre-season. I think it’s needed though just to get us back up to speed and ensure we’re fresh and ready to go back into it starting tomorrow against Celtic.

“We know that Celtic are a real good team so we know it’s going to be tough. I guess it’s good to start the second half of the season with a team like Celtic as it sets the bar for the remainder of the campaign.”

Meanwhile, on-form Spartans travel to bottom-of-the-table Stirling University while in SWPL 2, Hearts could find themselves top of the pack if they pick up maximum points from the visit of Hamilton and Glasgow Girls fail to match their result when they play Inverness City. Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale host Queens Park.