Rangers have moved to the top of the SWPL table after a 2-0 win over Aberdeen last night in the first-ever women’s match played at the stadium.

Second-half strikes from Kirsty Howat on her first start after a lengthy spell on the sidelines and Kayla McCoy secured the three points for Malky Thomson’s side as they leapfrogged Glasgow City in the league.

Thomson made four changes from the weekend win over Spartans as Janni Arnth, Sam Kerr, Kirsty Howat and McCoy came into the side, with Brianna Westrup, Ciara Grant, Zoe Ness and Megan Bell dropping to the bench.

It was Howat who was first to get a sniff at goal, firing an effort from distance at Dons’ keeper Aaliyah-Jay Meach which was well held.

The Light Blues continued to push forward in numbers and Howat again found herself in a dangerous area after some excellent play by Brogan Hay – but Howat’s effort went over the bar after taking a deflection.

Despite dominating, the Gers were finding it hard to break the deadlock, Howat, Arnth and Demi Vance all spurning chances to make it 1-0 before the break.

After resetting at half-time, Rangers made a strong start to the second 45, keeping Aberdeen pinned in their own half for spells and creating a number of chances.

The best of those came through Sam Kerr, who thought she’d opened the scoring, when her effort cracked off the underside off the bar before a scramble inside the area trying to force the ball over the line.

Rangers finally did get their reward when Howat opened the scoring by turning the ball home after Jane Ross’ strike at goal.

With 15 minutes left, Rangers doubled their lead and put the game to bed, McCoy collecting a ball over the top before showing great composure to take a touch and fire home.

The win leaves Rangers two points clear of Glasgow City at the top of the SWPL table, having played a game less than their title rivals, with the Light Blues facing Hearts this weekend.

With seven games left for the Gers, a historic SWPL title is very much within reach ahead of clubs joining the SPFL at the end of the season.

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

Meanwhile, an ex-Rangers and Barcelona star has been speaking about his imminent return to Ibrox.

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