Celtic 1-0 Rangers - Match Report

By Courtney Mack
 April 22, 2021

21.04.2021

It was heartbreak yet again for Rangers as they re-lived that same old story from November. Despite dominating the entire game, they just couldn’t put their chances away and let the game slip. With ten minutes left, Celtic utilised a mistake from Rangers and scooped up all three points at Parkhead. A frustrating night for the Gers, but one they can only learn from. Here’s how the match unfolded:

Like they always do, Rangers got straight to work from the first whistle. Keeping a tight press and high line, they kept possession in the middle of the park to burst forward when they could. Sam Kerr often found a Lizzie Arnot in space, but Celtic did well to keep the ball out of the danger area.

After some great play down the right, it ended in heartbreak for superstar Kirsty Howat. Through no fault of Celtic, she went down screaming in pain and holding her leg. For the minutes following, she was given gas and air and stretchered off the park. That would be the end of her contribution to the match, but she still managed to come back out to the dug-out to cheer her team-mates on. Bala Devi replaces her.

Rangers’ persistent down the flanks soon paid. Brogan Hay used her piercing speed to get past the defenders and slot a great ball into the box. As it met the feet of Emma Brownlie, she skyed it over the bar and missed an open goal. They should’ve been 1-0 up. 

The away side continued to be patient and wait for the right time to attack, Celtic were happy to wait in. The tempo of the game was slower than the usual for Rangers, but it would soon ramp up.

Through another fantastic piece of play from Hay, another cross was put low and hard into the box. Sam Kerr was the player to meet it this time, but like Brownlie, she put another clear-cut chance over the bar.

A chance for Celtic came through a free-kick in a dangerous position – Lisa Robertson stood over the ball. With her left, she curled it just high and wide of Fife’s goal to see it out. This was a warning sign that Celtic had these sorts of shots in their locker. The final whistle blew and they went into the changing rooms both equal on zero.

Ten minutes into the half, Bala Devi found herself in a great position to score, but it rattled off of the crossbar and out of the goal. Nobody in blue could find a way in to grab it.

The play was still all Rangers as it had been the first half, pushing and pushing to get that opener. Instead of playing into the box, Kirsten Reilly decided to have a pop at goal from a distance and it was a wonderful strike. Like Devi, it came off of the crossbar. 

Malky Thomson freshened some legs and brought Chelsea Cornet on to replace Brownlie, they now had a different threat going forward as she likes to find the pockets of space. 25 minutes to go.

Nicola Docherty had been supporting the attack going forward all night with some great crosses into the box. This time, her ping met the head of Devi who got up well, but Celtic’s Chloe Logan managed to keep it out. The chances were there in abundance, but Rangers just couldn’t put them away. 

Just ten minutes before the 90, Celtic got their first big break of the night. Chloe Warrington got the ball on the left and played it to a Mariah Lee in space. With no-one back to cover, Fife rushed off her line to retrieve the ball but didn’t get it away. Mariah now had the ball in front of an open goal, she made no mistake and made it 1-0. Despite dominating every minute of the game, Rangers were now behind.

Celtic Park erupted and the heads of Rangers went down in distraught. For the second time this season, Celtic grabbed a late goal from a Rangers switch-off and got the three points. Fantastic play, great chances and persistent efforts weren’t enough on the night for the Gers. It ended Celtic 1, Rangers 0. 

Rangers Starting XI: Fife, Docherty, Brownlie, Hay, Reilly, McLauchlan, Arnot, Howat, Kerr, Westrup ©, Swaby.

Celtic Starting XI: Logan, Keenan, Bartle, Craig ©, Robertson, Ewens, Donaldson, Teegarden, Hayes, Filbey, Warrington.

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