“Directors” praised as Rangers football dept lands historic blow on Celtic rivals
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Stunning Jane Ross strike earns Rangers Women historic Celtic victory

A stunning chipped finish from Rangers Women striker Jane Ross was enough to defeat Old Firm rivals Celtic in SWPL1 as the Gers side recorded an historic victory over their rivals.

This is the first time a Rangers side has defeated their Celtic counterparts since the club fully incorporated the women’s team into the Rangers footballing department in July 2019.

It was a wonderful finish from Jane Ross and worthy of winning any game.

Celtic had won the previous five meetings between the sides, and this is a symbolic and historic result for a number of reasons.

Not only does it symbolise the Rangers side’s ability to beat Celtic, but it maintains the club’s lead at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League and the Gers’ unbeaten league record this season.

This was also the first league derby of the season and sets down a marker of intent for the rest of the campaign as the Gers target the league title and Champions League qualification.

Rangers Women buying into “one club” philosophy with Celtic victory

Women’s team manager Malky Thomson was full of praise for the side after the match and believes the result proves the “one club” feeling within Ibrox.

“There’s a lot of people who’ve culminated in winning this game,” explained Thomson [RangersTV].

“Right from the directors all the way right down. There is a belief at the club, there is an absolute togetherness – it is one club – and you can see the girls definitely want to represent that badge and play for Rangers Football Club.”

The result pulls Rangers five points clear of their Old Firm rivals – who tasted defeat for the first time this season – and offers a semblance of revenge after Celtic knocked the Rangers Women out of the SWPL Cup.

Glasgow City – who defeated Hibernian 3-0 over the weekend – currently split the Old Firm and like Rangers they remain unbeaten in SWPL1.

Rangers have won only once against their other Glasgow rivals – in a 5-0 demolition back in December 2020 – and the next test will be increasing their two-point advantage over them.

Meanwhile, the men’s team didn’t fare too badly this weekend either as they earned an important three points to maintain their own lead at the top of the table.

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