How to watch Celtic FC Women in their first Champions League outing
Celtic FC Women face Levante in their first UEFA Women’s Champions League outing tonight.
In a mini-tournament for qualification, the Ghirls face a side who finished 3rd in the Primera Division Women last season [FlashScore]. Get through that, and Fran Alonso’s side face another more stern competition on Saturday. The tournament, in Trondheim, is a very different approach to the men’s qualification route.
It’s a huge night, a historic one. Celtic, who voted to turn professional two years ago, wouldn’t have expected to secure European football so quickly. However, the early 2020 hire of Fran Alonso, combined with the performances of an attacking, energetic squad, turned heads in 20-21.
So, now you can’t say you have no excuse to watch!
Yesterday, we spoke to Fran Alonso, who was respectful towards Levante, but didn’t rule out Celtic causing an upset. He promising to have a right good go at the Spanish side, and take advantage of weaknesses he’s found from scouting.
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Kelly Clark, the captain, told 67 Hail Hail that the opportunity to get away with the squad and build an atmosphere for the 21-22 season was “invaluable” [Celtic FC, 7.15].
Plenty of broadcast options as Celtic FC Women take on Champions League test
If you’ve not been following the Women’s team up to now, this is a good time to start.
While some of last year’s biggest names like Sarah Ewens and Lisa Robertson have left the club, there’s plenty of exciting attacking talent. Kelly Clark leads a team which includes Jacynta Galabadaarachchi, Charlie Wellings and China’s first UK-based Women’s player, Shen Mengyu.
There are also bright sparks like Sarah Teegarden and Tegan Bowie, while the defensive solidity of Jodie Bartle, Chloe Warrington, Caitlin Hayes and Chloe Craig represent an intimidating back four.
It can’t be said enough; this is historic. For a Celtic side to be taking part in Champions League qualifiers already really is notable. There was even a tilt at the title last season.
So, there really couldn’t be a better time to tune in.
Celtic v Levante kicks off at 5pm.