Celtic captain insists Fran Alonso's side are hungry for more success this season

By Lewis Laird

August 5, 2022

Celtic Women’s captain Kelly Clark is aiming for more trophy success as Fran Alonso’s side prepares to get the season underway.

It was a historic campaign for the Ghirls in 2021/22, after lifting both the League and Scottish Cup, completing a domestic double.

Although the Hoops enjoyed success in the cup competitions, it was slightly more disappointing in the league, finishing 3rd just outside the Champions League spots.

AIRDRIE, SCOTLAND – JUNE 06: Kelly Clark (R) celebrates her goal to make it 7-0 Celtic during a Scottish Women’s Premier League match between Motherwell and Celtic at Penny Cars Stadium on June 06, 2021, in Airdrie, Scotland (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

As we approach the beginning of a new campaign, a new era is set to get underway for the Women’s game, with the SWPL now being administered under the SPFL in the same manner as the men’s game [BBC].

Fran Alonso’s side kick things off this weekend, taking on Hibernian at the Excelsior Stadium this Sunday, hoping to pick up three points and a good start in the league.

Speaking to the media in the build-up to the 2022/23 campaign, Celtic captain Kelly Clark reflected upon the Hoops’ goals for the season ahead, insisting that the Ghirls are hungry for even more success.

She said [Glasgow Evening Times]: “I think aiming for something that you’ve already done or worse is pointless. We want to do better every season, and we have done that since Fran came in.

“In the first year, we got Champions League – there were no cups played because of Covid – and in the second year, we disappointingly missed out on the Champions League, but we lifted two trophies.

“I’ve not had the conversation with the manager yet about this season’s aims, but aiming for anything less than last year is pointless. We have to at least sit down and say we want to do better, and the league let us down last year.”

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Celtic Women will be looking to create more historic moments going into new season.

Since going professional, it has been a brilliant few years for the Celtic Women’s side, achieving a second-place finish in the league, leading to Champions League qualifiers, before completing a double the following season.

As we look ahead to the beginning of another new era for SWPL sides, Fran Alonso and his squad will be looking to create more history.

There were plenty of highs to take from last year, including seeing the Women’s side play at Celtic Park in an emphatic victory over Hibernian earlier this year.

Fingers crossed, we can see the Hoops get off to a good start this weekend and kick on from a positive performance in the league!

In other news, Odsonne Edouard reflects upon ‘very different’ EPL experience after Celtic exit.