Celtic Women's goalie Rachael Johnstone faces crunch title clash against Glasgow City as SWPL1 returns

Revenge would be sweet for Celtic Women’s FC goalkeeper Rachael Johnstone and her team-mates this Sunday as they return to SWPL1 action in a crunch encounter with fellow title contenders Glasgow City.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 11:01 am
Celtic Women's goalkeeper Rachael Johnstone

Back at last after a long break due to coronavirus, Rachael and her colleagues will be looking to avenge a 2-0 loss at Glasgow City way back on October 18, their only defeat of this season which came on its very first day.

“It’s going to be a very big game,” Rachael, 17, who was raised on the Isle of Lewis, told the Stornoway Gazette.

"I’m very excited for it. It’s going to be a good battle on the pitch and we’ve got the home advantage this time so hopefully we can come out and win.

"The last time we played them we were returning after a long time out and not quite up to what we should have been fitness wise, while Glasgow City had been back for a while due to Champions League. So I think they gained the advantage over us through that.”

The title race looks like being a three-way battle, with third placed Celtic just two points adrift of City and leaders Rangers Women after seven games.

"It’s going to be exciting,” Rachael said. “I’m looking forward to it though.

"The delay has been disappointing but I think it makes the game on Sunday even more exciting because we’ve been preparing and waiting for a long time. But all the girls are ready.”

Rachael started Celtic’s last game – a 5-0 win at Motherwell Ladies on December 13 – but there is no guarantee she’ll start the City game.