Celtic will have board presence as SWPL becomes part of SPFL

By John McGinley

May 26, 2022

It has been confirmed Celtic will have a presence on the board of the new SPFL subsidiary company that will organise elite women’s football in Scotland starting next season, named the SWPL.

Back in February, it was announced after talks between clubs, the Scottish FA, SPFL and Scottish Women’s Football that two divisions will fall under the responsibility of the SPFL.

The first annual general meeting of the new venture was held yesterday, with 20 clubs taking part – 12 in a top-flight and eight in a second-tier, SWPL1 and SWPL2.

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SWPL1 will consist of Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Glasgow City, Glasgow Women, Hamilton, Hearts, Hibernian, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Rangers and Spartans.

Meanwhile, SWPL2 will contain Boroughmuir Thistle, East Fife, Gartcairn, Kilmarnock, Montrose, Queen’s Park, St Johnstone and Stirling University.

The following were elected as directors of the board of the SWPL representing SWPL clubs: Chris Duffy (Celtic FC), Andrew McKinlay (Heart of Midlothian FC), Amy McDonald (Rangers FC), Laura Montgomery (Glasgow City FC) and Zola McGoldrick (Boroughmuir Thistle FC).

Fiona McIntyre, Interim Managing Director of the SWPL, commented: “This is a historic day for Scottish women’s football.

“I am delighted to welcome the first 20 clubs to the new league and to congratulate the first club-appointed directors on their election to the board of the SWPL.

“It is important to recognise all the hard work that has taken place to get us to this
place. Scottish women’s football can now look forward with confidence as a result of that hard work, and the commitment of so many people over so many years.”

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Chris Duffy became Celtic’s new Company Secretary and Head of Legal back in September, following Michael Nicholson’s appointment as Chief Executive. He’s been at the club for five years.

Celtic Women are currently preparing for a massive match on Sunday at 4:10pm, taking part in the Scottish Women’s Cup Final at Tynecastle against Glasgow City.

Fran Alonso’s side are aiming for a brilliant cup double, having already lifted the Scottish Women’s League Cup this season.

The match will be broadcast on BBC Alba and the Pass To Paradise service.

In other news, Sporting director talks up Giorgos Giakoumakis impact at Celtic; more to come.