Celtic FC Women have a massive game tonight, but we can't watch it

By Euan Davidson

May 19, 2021

After weeks of being able to watch Celtic play in the SWPL on broadcast TV, we’d started getting used to it.

From barely being able to see the Women’s game in Scotland at all, there were finally options. BBC Alba, the BBC website and in-house media had let us watch Fran Alonso’s attacking, fast-paced side.

So, you would’ve expected that Celtic v Spartans, a key late-season clash, might’ve been available for supporters. Turns out, not so much.

Celtic, who are on an 8-game unbeaten run, are chasing Champions League qualification. A win over Spartans tonight, and Rangers picking up fewer than three points, would put the Ghirls in second place [SWPL]. That second spot is crucial, as the glamour of European football’s Premier competition awaits the SWPL runners-up.

That would represent a first for Celtic’s women’s team, who voted to turn professional in 2019. Since then, the side have gone from strength to strength, combining Celtic veterans like Chloe Craig with international talents, such as Sarah Teegarden, Mariah Lee and Jacynta Galabadaarachchi.

However, the 7pm kick off isn’t being aired anywhere. The club shared on twitter:

Rachel Donaldson of Celtic battles Rangers / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Confusing scenario, with interest in Celtic FC Women growing exponentially

This season alone, and you’ll have felt it too, interest in the Celtic FC Women team has rapidly grown. In fan media, the wider Celtic support and amongst the general public, interest in the Scottish women’s game has made strides.

Again; there was barely any mainstream coverage hitherto this season. So to moan about not getting to watch tonight’s game might seem a little misplaced. But such is the growth of the team’s popularity that there’s dismay about the lack of watching options.

You’d have thought Celtic TV might’ve been keen to capitalise. What’s more confusing is that the game is at Lennoxtown, where we regularly see footage of the men’s team training. So why not an SWPL game with genuine intrigue?

It’s a confusing one. Either way, 67 Hail Hail will be doing its part to keep up-to-date with goings on at Lennoxtown, in a match that could have serious repercussions for Fran Alonso’s side.

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