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Celtic v Spartans – Match Preview – SWPL 1

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Date Time League Season
October 23, 2016 2:00 pm SWPL 1 2016

K-Park, 23 October 2016, Kick-off: 2pm

Celtic host a Spartans side who is chasing fourth place.

Celtic have already secured third place and can’t chase down second place, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to fight for. If Celtic are to progress as a club, they need to challenge for the two Champions League places – so they want to finish as close as possible to Hibernian.

Their last game, which was against Hibs, would have been bitterly disappointing as they lost 3-0 to a club they had been close to beating several times this season. But apart from a couple of games against Stirling University, Celtic has won every single game this season against opposition outside the top two. This is a record they want to continue.

But they face a Spartans side who are looking to finish in fourth place in what has been Suzy Shepherd’s debut season in charge of the Ainslie Park club. Spartans, who at the time of writing this, are the only team to have beaten Glasgow City in the league this season, had been in fourth for a while – but successive defeats to Rangers and Stirling has seen them drop to sixth.

Their general form has dipped since the mid-season break with Spartans winning just one game – and it was their form in June that has seen them with a chance of fourth.

Both games between the sides have ended in Celtic wins and two clean sheets for Celtic.

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