Dom McKay speaks as Celtic are nominated for European award

By John McGinley

August 14, 2021

Chief Executive Dom McKay has paid tribute to the work done in the women’s set-up at the club after it was announced the European Club Association have nominated Celtic for an award.

The project has been nominated for the Women’s Football Award at the 2021 ceremony in September, which seeks to promote and reward outstanding achievements from ECA member clubs.

McKay told the official website: “It’s great that the club has been nominated for this award, and it is testament to all the hard work that has been done in the women’s set-up, from the first-team and all the way through our Academy.

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“Last season was obviously a historic one for our women’s team in what was the first season as a professional squad. To finish second in the league and qualify for the Champions League for the first team is something that Fran Alonso and the players should be rightly proud of, and we want to build on that success in the seasons ahead. Our first-team players, whether they have come through our Academy or have joined us elsewhere, know that they are role models and can inspire the next generation of players.

“It’s important that we are identifying our stars of the future and providing them with a pathway to hopefully a future career as a Celtic player, and to be able to provide a free Academy set-up is an important part of that. So we are delighted that the work which is being done has been recognised through our nomination for this prestigious award and I want to thank and congratulate everyone involved for their hard work.”

Award would be fitting for work done by Celtic FC Women

The work done by Fran Alonso and his team over the last 12 months has indeed been incredible. They finished a close second in SWPL1 last season and have the reward of Champions League football for their efforts.

The clash against Levante takes place in Norway this coming week, which is sure to be exciting for the squad.

Alonso has his work cut out again this season with a number of key players leaving the club and a new team unit having to be formed. However, the goal will be title success, as it was last term.

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Celtic have actually won at the ECA ceremony before, back in 2014. The club secured a prestigious award for its full Stadium WiFi connectivity of Celtic Park, recognised through the presentation of the ECA’s Best Achievement in Marketing Award. This very writer actually led the content on that project through the CelticLIVE app, so I remember it very well!

Hopefully, we see the club pick up a prize again next month.

In other news, Liam Scales impressed massively in Europe this week; path could now be clear for Celtic move.