SWPL: New league sponsor, Rangers go clear at top

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From thrilling SWPL Cup action to a new league sponsor, it’s been a busy but ascending fortnight in Scottish football. Hibernian fell short to Celtic in the semi-final, whilst Glasgow City saw off Spartans in the hopes of re-gaining the title for the first time since 2015. In the league, Rangers managed to get their first Old Firm win and pull themselves into a comfortable lead at the top of the table. They now sit five points ahead of Celtic in third and two points ahead of the reigning champions, Glasgow City.

A New Era

Following the growing success of the SWPL, SWF announced Park’s Motor Group as the new league sponsors for the 21/22 season. A headline sponsor, partnered with TV deals such as BBC Alba and BBC Sport Scotland, means a new era has begun for the top flight in Scotland. Like everything else, the coronavirus had huge impacts on women’s football north of the border – the ban of fans and lack of coverage in particular damaging the game. Now, as they look to build on a strong foundation, the future is looking bright.

SWF Chairwoman, Vivienne MaClaren said: “This is a historic moment for SWF, the SWPL, and the entire game. To have a brand such as Park’s Motor Group show their support to girls’ and women’s football in Scotland is a sign of the work that has been done and the progress we plan to make.

“The COVID pandemic was difficult for everyone and I’m sure many had concerns about the momentum of the game. However, today’s deal showcases that the Scottish game is more attractive to commercial sponsors and partners than ever before.”

SWPL Cup Final in Firhill

The two Glasgow giants in Celtic and Glasgow City are set to go head-to-head in this year’s SWPL Cup final at Firhill. On their journey to the final, Fran Alonso’s Hoops managed to see off the likes of Rangers and Hibernian. In the semi-final, they came back from 1-0 down to cancel out Rachael Boyle’s wonder strike. Looking certain to score following Jacynta’s equaliser, Charlie Wellings was the hero of the night yet again. Her 80th minute winner was of the same importance against both Hibs and the Gers. Despite making it to Firhill, Celtic sit five points behind their Old Firm rivals in the league. Glasgow City also three points ahead of them.

Spartans joined their fellow Edinburgh club, Hibernian on the list of teams beaten after their 3-0 defeat to City. A brace from Priscilla Chinchilla and solo goal from Hayley Lauder was enough to book their place in next month’s cup decider. It was a dream start for new head coach Eileen Gleeson in her first game in charge. The former Ireland assistant coach saw no mistake in taking the club to it’s 12th SWPL Cup final. She’ll be hoping to equal the record of Hibernian, who’ve taken the trophy home to the capital seven times.

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Glasgow City v Celtic will take place on Sunday the 5th of December at Firhill Stadium. The match is set to have a kick off time of 16:10. TV streaming details have yet to be confirmed.

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