BBC set to air crucial SWPL clash as Celtic take on Spartans

By Euan Davidson

October 16, 2021

The BBC will air another Celtic FC Women game, as interest in the SWPL further increases.

On the BBC’s website, the Ghirls’ meeting with Spartans will be broadcast at 1pm tomorrow, with Rangers and Glasgow City featuring on BBC Alba later in the afternoon.

It’s a good opportunity for Celtic. With the two top clubs in SWPL1 facing off, there’s a good chance Fran Alonso’s side can leap to second in the table. Rangers currently rule the roost, on 18 points, but Celtic are just two off in third [Flashscore].

If Glasgow City win their game against Rangers, and Celtic secure a result over Spartans, it would potentially put the Ghirls first on goal difference. Thumping wins over Motherwell, Partick Thistle and Hamilton Accies has put some pep in the step of a rampant Celtic side.

Manager Fran Alonso quipped that he’d like both Rangers and Glasgow City to lose [Celtic YouTube]. Ah, Fran, if only.

In terms of interest and audience, though, it should be a very decent day for the SWPL1 tomorrow. Celtic take on a Spartans side who have only picked up 2 points from their last four outings [Flashscore].

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Perhaps most encouragingly from a Celtic point of view, they were thrashed 9-0 by Glasgow City. If all goes to plan, it could be an excellent opportunity for the Ghirls to boost their goal difference.

BBC broadcast boost for Celtic Women’s team should lead to bigger audiences

For Celtic supporters, the schedule has fallen quite nicely. The men’s team face Motherwell today, in a rare 3pm Saturday kick-off. That leaves tomorrow free for the Ghirls’ meeting with Spartans at the Penny Cars stadium.

That should lead to a bump in audience figures and fan attendance. While the BBC boost could actually be of detriment to Celtic FC Women’s actual turnout at the Penny Cars, there’s hope that those who can make it, will.

Because certainly, there should be goals. Celtic have put 16 past their last three opponents with no reply.

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Charlie Wellings has been an inspired signing, while the likes of Shen, Olafsdottir Gros and Jacyntha have got amongst the goals, too.

With increased exposure to SWPL1 matches, it’s a good opportunity for Celtic to win some more fans on the BBC.

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