Rangers boss hails stars after 5-0 SWPL rout over 14-time champions
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Rangers boss hails stars after 5-0 SWPL rout over 14-time champions

Rangers routed 13-in-a-row champions Glasgow City 5-0 yesterday at Broadwood to go top of the SWPL1 on goal difference and manager Malky Thompson was over the moon to see five different players get on the scoresheet.

Megan Bell, Kirsty Howat, Zoe Ness, Lizzie Arnot and Carly Girasoli all netted as the Light Blues romped to a fantastic win over City which had the feeling of a changing of the guard in the women’s game.

Thompson has led a massive overhaul of the Women’s side of the club (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Thompson praised his side’s performance, and admitted they started a bit shakily before Bell opened the scoring and set the Gers on their way to a massive win.

“It is very satisfying not just for the result today but the way they have worked hard since the start of the season,” Thompson said [RangersTV].

“No game is won without the preparation or the planning that went in beforehand.

“We started the game really nervously and you have got to understand we have gone full time and there is pressure that everyone must be feeling in there and they are representing Rangers.

“It took a wee while to settle down, but certainly Megan getting the goal put a wee bit of calmness into their play.

“I think it is important that you are not just relying on one person to put the ball in the net getting the five different goalscorers is definitely encouraging that we know we are a force in different areas of the pitch.”

The scale of the win can’t be understated and it feels as though this could finally be the year someone other than City get their hands on the title at the end of the season.

You need to go all the way back to 2007 for the last time there was a different club crowned champions in Scotland but losing 5-0 at home to the Gers definitely has the feeling that the baton has been passed.

Captain Clare Gemmell could be lifting the league trophy at the end of the season (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Thompson’s side need to get their hands on the title though to really make this win count for anything – but there will surely be few who would be against them doing so now.

Here’s our report from yesterday’s momentous win as Rangers went top of SWPL1 on goal difference

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