Glasgow City skipper Fiona Brown wary of Hibernian title threat

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Last Updated: 01/03/16 4:12pm

Fiona Brown captain Fiona Brown and Hibernian Ladies skipper Heather Richards preview the upcoming SWPL.
Fiona Brown captain Fiona Brown and Hibernian Ladies skipper Heather Richards preview the upcoming SWPL.

Skipper Fiona Brown is once again expecting Hibernian Ladies to push Glasgow City hard in the race for the Scottish Women’s Premier League title.

Glasgow eventually finished six points clear of Hibs to clinch a record-breaking ninth title in Scottish women's football.

And Brown is looking forward to resuming the rivalry with Hibs, insisting a strong challenge from the Edinburgh side will bring the best out of City as they go in search of double-digit title wins.

"I think last year Hibs ran us really close," Brown told Sky Sports News HQ at the league's Hampden Park launch day.

"It's always good to have a good challenge but we've had a good pre-season and we're looking good so we're confident that if we play well we can go and do it.

"I think we put pressure on ourselves anyway to perform and I think the added pressure from Hibs is good to have."

Heather Richards scored from the halfway line in last year's Scottish League Cup final.

Hibs skipper Heather Richards is convinced her side will be competitive when the season gets under way in less than a fortnight and is keen for the four-time champions to win some silverware.  

"I think last year we proved how close we can run them," she said. "We were disappointed that we didn't come away winning anything but I think this season that is the aim, not just to challenge but to win things as well.

"We need to keep being consistent. I think we did that last season but I just think we need to keep believing we can do it in the bigger games and I'm sure will run them close again."

The women's game is booming north of the border and Scottish Women's Football executive Vivienne MacLaren says authorities have set an ambitious growth target for participation.

"We have over 10,000 women and girls registered to play football in Scotland which is great news and we want that to hit the 20,000 mark by 2020," she said.

"Looking at the figures today we are near enough the 11,000 mark, so it's really encouraging for girls and women in Scotland in terms of football and how it is growing."