Rangers Women’s head coach Malky Thompson is looking forward to the restart of the SWPL season when the Gers take on Hearts this weekend – and admits his players have been desperate to get back playing after several months on the sidelines.

After the men’s side lifted the club’s first league title in a decade last month, the women could land a historic SWPL title and smash Glasgow City’s dominance of the women’s game over the 13 years.

Thompson’s side are top of the table on goal difference, thrashing City earlier in the season, and the Gers boss can’t wait to get going again this weekend.

“It has really been a positive to get back given the hurdles that every team has had to endure so we are really looking forward to getting started again,” Thompson said [Rangers TV]

“We have never had a lack of enthusiasm in anything we have done, even the girls having to train in isolation there’s always been a focus to improve individually but also as a team.

“We can obviously only play eleven players so there’s a real competition and people are desperate to play.

“Everything they have done in training to date they have got to put it on the park on a matchday. We prepare all week for the game and it is about when you cross that white line are you in a position physically and mentally to approach the game in the right manner.

“We have done a lot on the values and the culture of what Rangers Football Club is about given the fact it’s the girls’ first season as full-time professional players. It allowed us an opportunity to drill down into specific areas about what it is and what it means.”

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Rangers Head Coach Malky Thompson during the SWPL1 Rangers and Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers’ clash with Hearts will be broadcast live on BBC Sport Scotland on Sunday afternoon with the men’s side taking on Cove Rangers later that evening in the Scottish Cup.

Meanwhile, one Rangers star was surprisingly dropped as his national team suffered defeat in their latest World Cup qualifier

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