Fran Alonso’s Celtic side came so close to creating another chapter in the club’s history yesterday afternoon.

On course to win their first-ever SWPL title, a last-minute goal by Glasgow City meant that Alonso’s side were left heartbroken despite their 2-0 win over Hearts.

The Celtic manager was visibly upset at full-time yesterday but he did pay his side a fantastic compliment after their efforts this season.

Alonso said [Glasgow Times], “Last year I would have told you that getting 15,000 fans into Celtic Park for a women’s league game was impossible.

“But they have done it. They have changed the women’s game in Scotland forever.”

Celtic Women under Fran Alonso

Established in 2007 Celtic won their first piece of silverware in 2010 defeating Spartans 4-1 in the Scottish Premier League Cup.

In January 2020, Celtic Women were the first women’s team in Scotland to turn professional with Fran Alonso at the helm.

Under Alonso, Celtic have gone from strength to strength. The Women appeared in the Champions League qualifiers for the first time in their history in 2021.

The Ghirls lost out on qualifying for the group stages after losing 2-1 to Levante in the first round of qualifiers.

Alonso led Celtic to their first-ever Scottish Cup win last season with a 3-2 extra-time win over Glasgow City.

This season, however, has seen the support for the Women’s game rise to an unprecedented level. In their pursuit of their first-ever SWPL title, Celtic broke the SWPL record attendance twice this season at Celtic Park.

Backed heavily by fans group, The North Curve, Celtic hit a record attendance of 9553 for their top-of-the-table clash 3-1 win over Glasgow City.

Rangers v Celtic - Scottish Building Society Women's Premier League
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They followed that up yesterday afternoon by smashing that as 15,822 fans went along to Paradise hoping to see history being created against Hearts.

Celtic do still have the opportunity to win silverware. They are due to face Rangers in the Scottish Cup final next Sunday.

The Ghirls will be hoping to put the disappointment of losing out on the league title by retaining the trophy they won last season with a win against their city rivals.

You wouldn’t bet against the possibility of yet another huge Celtic crowd after what we have witnessed at Parkhead over the last few weeks.

In other news, Celtic surpassed an Invincibles achievement at the weekend and it went largely unnoticed

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