Celtic FC Women add to international contingent with María Catharina Ólafsdóttir Gros

By Euan Davidson

July 22, 2021

Celtic FC Women manager Fran Alonso has added another exciting international talent to his growing continental contingent.

Today, the club announced the signing of 18-year-old Icelandic forward María Catharina Ólafsdóttir Gros from Thor KA.

It follows the signing of the UK’s first professional Chinese player, Shen Mengyu.

In her short career, Ólafsdóttir Gros has won plenty of trophies. The Icelandic talent has medals from the Úrvalsdeild Women, League Cup A and the Super Cup on her mantlepiece [Celtic FC Women]. Moreover, she’s starred at international youth level.

Her former club, Thor KA, wished Ólafsdóttir Gros well upon her move to Celtic. In a tweet, the club wrote:

“María Catharina Ólafsdóttir Gros has joined the Scottish club Celtic in Glasgow. The Board of Þórs / KA wishes María good luck in her new role and thanks her for her contribution to the company.”

Not only has she arrived, she’s match-fit. The Celtic FC Women website claimed that Ólafsdóttir Gros would be available to join Fran Alonso’s squad for a friendly with Sunderland this evening.

Fran Alonso has been feverishly busy since the transfer window opened. Not only have the club shored up long-term professional deals for regular Chloe Warrington and youngster Tegan Bowie, there’ve been a raft of new signings.

Irish talent Tyler Toland joined on the 9th. Charlie Wellings, formerly of Bristol City, joined on the 16th. Now, with Mengyu and Ólafsdóttir Gros, Alonso is building his side with recognised international talent.

Make no mistake: Celtic are building a title-winning squad with international pedigree

Of course, there were internationally recognised players in Fran Alonso’s ranks last season. Australian Jacynta Galabadaarachchi and Americans Mariah Lee and Sarah Teegarden were all astute signings.

Celtic were a whisker away from winning the 20-21 SWPL title, qualifying for the Champions League. Since turning professional, there’s been substantial investment in the Women’s team. This season, Celtic fans will get more access to Fran Alonso’s side, which will only boost support.

Clearly, Celtic are building with international talent for a tilt at the title. Scott Booth, Glasgow City’s six-time SWPL1 winning manager, left the club for Birmingham City at the end of June [Guardian].

After a year of incredible progress, and with plenty of new, exciting talents, this side could be even better to watch in 21-22.

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