Rangers 4-1 Partick Thistle: Analysis

They say the first is always the hardest, but most often, the sweetest.

Jo Potter collected her first piece of silverware as manager with relative ease, and while she - and her players - are going to celebrate this one into the wee small hours tonight, you can be rest assured Tuesday morning, her thoughts will be on the next one, and the next one.

Countless players expressed their delight in the Tynecastle sun to us as the party commenced on the pitch and each and every one of them credited the mentality and management brought by the former England international.

Nic Docherty being Nic Docherty, though, didn't want to credit her too much...

But there is a ruthlessness yet softness to this side. Contrasting qualities, but equally important.

In their first SWPL Cup success last term, again in Gorgie, Rangers won 2-0 against Hibs. It could've, and should've been more. The odd chance was spurned today, but nothing like last year when Kirsty Howat, Kayla McCoy and Brogan Hay missed sitters.

There is an unmatched togetherness in the team, too. It's evident the players go out as though they're just playing with their pals. It's infectious and impactful. Although Potter did admit in jest she wouldn't mind a wee bit of a bite between them at times...

There is a real buzz among the league leaders, who bounced back from their first loss of the size last week in style. Staying top of the SWPL pile is undoubtedly the top priority, but getting back into the Scottish Cup final and righting last season's wrongs is too, of equal importance.

This squad, that oozes strength in depth will stick together through it all. Tonight's celebrations and the desire and hunger to taste them again will surely, only add to that.