Rangers beat Celtic 3-0 to remain on course for historic SWPL title
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Rangers beat Celtic 3-0 to remain on course for historic SWPL title

Rangers remain on course for a historic SWPL title after a 3-0 win over Old Firm rivals, getting some revenge on Fran Alonso’s side for knocking them out of the Scottish Women’s Cup earlier this month.

Gers boss Malky Thomson made one change from that game, Megan Bell comes into the starting XI with Ciara Grant on the bench for the hosts.

The Light Blues fashioned an early chance to open the scoring through Lizzie Arnot but the Scotland star could only watch as her effort from the edge of the area went wide of the post.

Celtic would go close to breaking the deadlock themselves a few minute later, Chloe Craig’s header going just over Jenna Fife’s crossbar.

With barely ten minutes gone, Rangers did get themselves in front, Jane Ross sweeping home after the Celtic defence failed to clear their lines from Nicola Docherty’s dangerous cross into the area.

Having taken the lead, Rangers continued putting the pressure on and could have doubled their advantage five minutes later, Demi Vance having an effort at goal after some nice attacking work by Ross and Arnot to create the opportunity.

Despite the chances drying up a little, Rangers continued to dictate the tempo of the game and could have doubled their lead through Arnot before the first-half came to a close.

Five minutes after the restart, Rangers were 2-0 up and cruising, Jane Ross’ effort only being cleared as far as Brogan Hay and the Gers star rifling the ball home and deflating Celtic.

Rangers weren’t about to let up there though and Ross got her second of the afternoon with a bullet header that Johnstone could do nothing to stop.

Arnot again played a crucial role in the goal, her pinpoint cross finding Ross to head home and seal a massive three points.

Rangers remain two points ahead of Glasgow City and have played one game less than their title rivals going into the last ten games of the campaign.

With one more meeting against Glasgow City to come before the end of the campaign. Thomson’s side will be hoping they can finally end City’s dominance of Scottish women’s football.

Rangers: Fife, Docherty, Vance, Middag, Hay, Bell, Ross, Arnot, Kerr, Westrup, Swaby.
Subs: Cunningham, Arnth, Ness, McCoy, Howat, Maclean, Grant.

Celtic: Johnstone, Craig, Hayes, Shorts, Bowie, Chance, Harkes, Timoney, Shen, Wellings, Larisey
Subs: Vincenti, Bartle, Jacynta, Clark, Toland, Atkinson, Olafsdottir Gros

Read our match report from this afternoon’s 2-2 draw with Motherwell at Ibrox

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