Celtic FC Women star Caitlin Hayes on scoring double-digits, and winning fans

By Euan Davidson

June 4, 2021

If you’ve not been following the Celtic FC Women team, now’s the time.

Over a season disrupted by Covid-19, it looked at one point like the 20-21 campaign might’ve been over. Around Christmas, when leagues beneath the Scottish Championship were called off, things looked grim. Especially for Women’s football, with the SWPL suspended until further notice.

Fortunately, the players got the nod to continue training in March [BBC], and Celtic came out the gates with utter ferocity. Barring a loss to Glasgow City after the restart, Celtic haven’t lost a game. It’s been an unbelievable run of form, which sees the Ghirls with a legitimate chance of winning the title on Sunday, if results go our way.

The increased exposure the Women’s game has had over recent months has won over thousands of new fans. Interest in Celtic’s Women’s team has genuinely rocketed, and names like Jodie Bartle, Sarah Ewens and Caitlin Hayes, who joined from Fran Alonso’s former side Lewes in 2020 [Celtic FC].

Caitlin Hayes on increased exposure for women”s game

Hayes, who comes from an Irish, Celtic-supporting family, was delighted to get the move ‘home’ to wear the Hoops. And now, she’s inspired by the increased attention and investment the league is getting.

Hayes told 67 Hail Hail:

“First and foremost, it’s great that my family and loved ones get to watch the game. So I’m always thankful for that, and it allows them to be a part of this experience. Due to Covid, obviously, they can’t be up here.

“[We’re] also thankful for the fans that also have the opportunity to watch, and the interaction that they have. Obviously because we’ve been winning, we’ve seen it in a positive light in terms of the interaction and the backing behind us. That might change if things didn’t go too well.

“Definitely grateful for the investment that the league are putting behind women’s football. Just, hopefully it continues and the game gets bigger and bigger as we go forward.”

Caitlin Hayes has been key to bossing Rangers this season / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic couldn’t have asked for a better build-up

After walloping Forfar Farmington 10-0, and without a gruelling midweek fixture, the meeting with Motherwell on Sunday is more than welcome to Alonso’s team.

The current situation in the league is as follows: if the Ghirls beat Motherwell by a sizeable margin, and Rangers best Glasgow City, then the title could be ours [Flash Score]. Taking double-digits off a side that’s been troublesome in the past, then, must’ve have surely helped morale?

Hayes told us:

“It’s definitely a new feeling, but it’s credit to the hard work that went in through that whole period of Sunday to Wednesday, Sunday to Wednesday [matches]. We’re definitely thankful, and it’s just a credit to the girls that we managed to do that.

“We obviously managed to keep focus and keep our legs going through that long stretch of period when we were playing two games a week.

“[The Forfar result] was definitely a confidence booster, but not something we should dwell too much [on]. We know that it won’t be like that on Sunday.”

Well, with this team, you never really know…

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