Debbi McCulloch set for emotional Spartans farewell

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Debbi McCulloch is preparing for an emotional afternoon as she prepares to take charge of Spartans for the final time at Ainslie Park.

Spartans host Celtic in their penultimate fixture of the season tomorrow (kick-off 1pm) and McCulloch is hoping to sign off with a win.

The Spartans boss will hand over the managerial reigns to defender Suzy Robertson in the close season,

She said: “The reality of no longer being in charge is getting closer and closer and is almost here. Whilst it will certainly be an emotional day but we are all focussing on getting the full points from the game.

“Celtic will be a tough test but we go into the game with confidence after an excellent win over Aberdeen two weeks ago.

“It’s never easy to make the transition from player-to-coach and I will be there to mentor Suzy throughout.”

Elsewhere, Hearts Ladies have begun preparing for life outside of the top flight next season by signing Rachel Walkingshaw and Ashley Carse from Hutchison Vale.

The Jambos host Stirling University at Kings Park, Dalkeith (2pm) and boss Grant Scott admits he will field a side with one eye on next term.

“We will look to start building for next season,” he commented, “We have to be respectful to Stirling and Hutchie in our last two game and ensure it is competitive. However, we will look to give a few Development players the opportunity to step up and impress as we try to shape a squad for next term.

Meanwhile, Hibs Ladies face Rangers at Benburb Juniors, Govan (kick-off 12pm) and manager Chris Roberts anticipates a tough contest.

He said: “I saw their game against Glasgow City last weekend and they did well.

“It’s going to be a tight park and that may mean we have to change our tactics a little but we still want three points.”

Hutchison Vale travel to the Highlands to face Inverness City (kick-off 12:30pm).