Celtic women missed a golden opportunity to go joint top of the league on Sunday, playing out a 2-2 draw with Spartans – a last gasp goal saving a point for the Hoops in the end.
Celtic went into the game heavy favourites. Spartans had only managed five points in their first six SWPL games this season.
Glasgow City and Rangers Women were going head to head, it was the perfect time to make up ground and hit the summit.
Instead, Celtic found themselves chasing the game after initially going 1-0 ahead throw Tegan Bowie, Spartans hit back almost straight away. Rosie McQuillan scored two first half goals against Celtic to give Spartans a 2-1 lead at the break.
Celtic were careless in possession but did turn the screw as the game went on. It looked like Spartans would escape with all three points when Charlie Wellings managed to grab a dramatic equaliser in the 93rd minute. Under the circumstances, it was a point gained.
Before the game, a point would have been seen as a failure.
Glasgow City and Rangers Women played out a 1-1 draw elsewhere. Had Celtic won their game, they would be sitting top with Rangers Women. The club now sits third, two points off the summit.
These #Ghirls never give up! ?
— Celtic FC Women (@CelticFCWomen) October 18, 2021
Celtic are making steady progress and we shouldn’t expect to beat everyone convincingly, but there was glaring errors on Sunday that will need to be sorted asap. This is a new look side who have been doing well to this point. The Spartans game will hopefully be the catalyst for manager Fran Alonso finding out who he can trust.
We need the best team out there and sometimes not all the best individuals.