"It's unique"; Chloe Warrington tells Celtic season ticket holders not to miss out
Celtic FC Women star Chloe Warrington has encouraged Hoops season ticket holders not to miss out on the chance of seeing Fran Alonso’s side at Paradise.
Season ticket holders are being offered free entry to the game against Hibernian on the 26th of March [Celtic FC]. It’s during an international break for the men’s side, against a team who set a new attendance record for the SWPL [Times].
It’ll be the first time Celtic FC Women have played at Celtic Park since a 1-0 win over Rangers last season. American striker Mariah Lee scored the all-important goal, causing scenes of jubilation on the touchlines. The Women’s team have grown in popularity and repute since turning professional in 2019, and are led by the ever-charismatic and attacking manager Fran Alonso.
Asked what Warrington would say to fans unsure whether or not to use their season ticket privilege, the Celtic defender gave a passionate response.
Warrington said to Celtic supporters [Celtic FC]: “I would say to them, it’s a totally different experience to a men’s game. It’s unique in its own way. And I would definitely encourage fans to come along and see us.
“It’s a completely opposite half from the men, it’s another part of Celtic. People can bring along their kids, and anybody. Anyone behind us is definitely a bonus.”
“When there was 3,500 fans [in the League Cup Final], that benefitted every single player in the squad. You know, the more the noise, the more we get up for it as well. When we get out there, and we hear people cheering… it gives you some sort of belief within you, that you might not have before you step out on that pitch.
“If we can get 10 or 15,000 people there, it would be unbelievable.”
Celtic season ticket holders have a chance to inspire another generation of female players
Hearing Chloe Warrington talk about what it meant for the Celtic FC Women team to play at Paradise last season was legitimately emotional hearing. The utter pride she talked with, sharing stories of her Dad going “nuts”, it’s stirring stuff, no question.
It’s taken for granted that the men’s team get the opportunity to play in front of an incredible Celtic support at every home game. It’s one of the key selling points to new players, and an inspiration to every Celtic Academy talent coming through the ranks.
For the women’s team, this is the second such opportunity. You can bet that it’s been talked about in training constantly, marked on the calendar of every squad player.
Just as it’s inspiring for young boys dreaming of being a footballer so sit in the stands at Celtic Park, this match could be an eye-opener for young girls who want a career in the game.
This Celtic FC Women side are a fantastic watch. Just a quick glimpse at some recent highlights, including this 3-0 thumping of Aberdeen, show the fantastic technique on offer.
Ideally, Chloe Warrington will get 10, 15,000 at Celtic Park. What it could mean long-term could be really significant.