Spartans in mood for a tough double

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It’s a big week for Spartans, whose home match against Celtic tomorrow (kick-off 1pm) is seen as ideal preparation ahead of Wednesday’s Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup final against holders Glasgow City.

Spartans have won six of their last eight games, but captain Louise Paterson warned: “Celtic changed their squad quite considerably over the close season and it will be interesting to see how they have developed. They’ve always been a team that attack, pass the ball well and score a lot of goals, so it will be very tough.

“But we are on a great run, confidence is building and hopefully we can gain the three points to keep the momentum going into Wednesday’s final.

“It will be our fifth cup final in six years and a re-run of last year’s final against Glasgow City, but it will also be tough as they are a great passing team who score goals from all over the park.

“I think the difference from last year is we have developed as a team and hopefully we will get our hands on the trophy.”

Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale face league leaders Glasgow City at Toryglen Regional Football Centre (kick-off 11am) hoping to arrest a run of seven straight defeats.

Meanwhile, Hibernian Ladies were forced to settle for a share of the points in their rearranged midweek fixture away to Rangers.

A fine Karen Penglase free kick and a clinical finish by former Hibs striker Hayley Cunningham put the home side in front, but two goals in as many minutes by Kirsty Smith and Caroline Weir restored parity before the break.

Hibs went in front through Rachael Walkingshaw, but Megan Sneddon netted from long range to secure a point for Rangers.

“For neutrals it must have been a good game to watch and it could have gone either way.” commented Hibs manager Willie Kirk.