Spartans looking for cup-final boost

Debbi McCulloch
Debbi McCulloch
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Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch believes that victory for her side in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup final could have far-reaching benefits.

The Ainslie Park side face Glasgow City in tomorrow’s showpiece encounter at Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 2pm) hoping to inflict a second successive defeat on the Scottish champions.

“Everyone is fully fit and raring to go,” commented McCulloch. “Having the two weeks between our final league fixture and the cup final has been really beneficial because it has allowed us to prepare in greater depth than we normally would.

“City will throw everything they can at us because they are a team of winners and they are not used to losing.

“They’ll be hurting after our last meeting and wanting to put it right, so they’ll be delighted that it is us they are facing in the final and we will need to ensure we turn up.”

McCulloch admits she was taken aback by the response to Spartans’ recent league victory over City and believes another win tomorrow would give the women’s game in Scotland a much-needed shot in the arm.

She said: “On a personal level, winning the Scottish Cup would be a fantastic achievement and the biggest in my career but it’s not about me.

“I’ve asked the girls to play for the club and each other, not for me. I’ve seen a hunger in their eyes that I’ve never seen before.

“Victory for us tomorrow would give other clubs belief that they could emulate our success.

“The publicity we received when we beat City in the league was absolutely huge and I know from speaking to other coaches that it gave their respective teams belief.

“If I was on the outside of the women’s game looking in and I saw Glasgow City winning every trophy, winning virtually every weekend, why would I invest in the game? Why would I go to watch it?

“That’s why tomorrow is not only a fantastic occasion for Spartans – it could open a lot of eyes because victory would make everything more interesting.”