Apr 8, 2021 • 3M

Rangers paying no attention to title rivals - Malky Thomson

'Our focus is only on Spartans' says head coach after Glasgow City lay down title warning with 3-0 win over Celtic

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Rangers have paid no attention to Glasgow City’s 3-0 win over Celtic said head coach Malky Thomson.

The Scottish champions lost 5-0 to Rangers before the winter break, which then got extended into April due to Covid-19 regulations.

But they bounced back with a new-look squad to beat fellow title rivals Celtic in a dominant showing as they laid down a marker for the rest of the season.

“Our focus is just on Spartans,” said Thomson, whose side are level on points with City but lead the SWPL on goal difference.

And the Rangers manager believes his side will welcome a Spartans side on a high after their 2-0 win over Hibernian.

“Spartans will come here with a bit of confidence given their result,” he said.

“I think any team [can take points off the top three]. They’ve got to believe in themselves, they’ve got to be organised which Spartans obviously are.

“Good coaches they’ve got behind them, good manager, they’ll be as prepared as good as they can be.”

Rangers marked their return to SWPL action with a 6-0 win over Hearts, with five of the goals coming in the first 33 minutes.

Both Sam Kerr and Lizzie Arnot scored doubles in the rout in front of the BBC Scotland cameras.

Thomson said: “When you look at the first half, when you think of the visibility, what a great performance we put on. Just to show how well the girls have come on since they first come in, since we’ve now had our first year as full time professionals.

“But really pleased with the way they’ve came back, they’ve really looked after themselves.

“Sam’s such an enthusiastic person, she brings a lot more than just her technical ability and obviously she’s tactically astute when she’s on the pitch. She brings a real energy, she’s got a zest for life which is great in the squad.”