Booth an­gered by City’s cru­cial fix­ture pile-up

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GLAS­GOW City head Scott Booth says men’s clubs which com­plain of con­gested fix­tures have it easy com­pared with his side.

City face hav­ing to play six games in the next three weeks – in­clud­ing two Cham­pi­ons League ties against Barcelona, an SSE Scot­tish Women’s Cup semi-fi­nal, and two league games, one of them a ti­tle de­cider.

The first in the run is to­mor­row at Forth­bank when Booth’s side meet Hiber­nian in the Scot­tish Cup. If they win the semi they will end their sea­son with the fi­nal at Firhill on Novem­ber 4.

City at­tempted to have their ti­tle de­cider, also against Hibs, a week on Sun­day moved to an­other date, but the re­quest was turned down by league man­age­ment com­mit­tee. The Scot­tish cham­pi­ons travel to meet Barcelona in the first leg of their last 16 tie in be­tween the two games.

Booth’s frus­tra­tions mir­ror those of Neil Len­non, who de­scribed Hibs men’s team hav­ing to play eight games in De­cem­ber as “crazy”.

The City head coach said: “Not get­ting the league game re-ar­ranged is very much un­fair, but what we ex­pect. We don’t get much help in these sit­u­a­tions.

“It’s to ev­ery­one’s ben­e­fit when a Scot­tish club is do­ing well in the Cham­pi­ons League. It means our co-ef­fi­cient goes up, and it could help two teams get­ting into Europe.

“That is some­thing that has to change go­ing for­ward. It doesn’t mat­ter whether it’s us or some other club con­stantly in­volved in cup semi­fi­nals and fi­nals and league de­ciders.

“Who­ever that team hap­pens to be, they need a bit of help.”

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