Jacynta caps off historic Celtic season with international call-up
Celtic Women attacking midfielder Jacynta Galabadaarachchi has topped off a brilliant season for the Hoops with an international call-up to the Australian national side.
The 21-year-old first joined the club in February 2021 from English Super League side West Ham United, having spent a short spell on loan in Italy with Napoli.
The 2021/22 campaign provided Jacynta with her first full season in the Green and White Hoops under Fran Alonso, which also involved early Champions League qualifiers for the Ghirls.
The midfielder played her part in a historic season for Alonso’s side, who delivered a cup double, lifting both the Women’s Scottish Cup and the SWPL Cup.
Both finals involved closely contested games against Glasgow City, with Celtic coming out on top and achieving their first trophy success since 2010.
It may have been a slightly disappointing season on the league front for Celtic Women, finishing third off the pact of Glasgow City and rivals Rangers.
However, Jacynta also enjoyed personal success, lifting the club’s women’s player of the year and also the first-ever PFA young women’s player of the year.
The club were quick to get the midfielder signed up on another deal for next season after an impressive campaign for the Hoops.
Having played 39 times for Celtic this season, Jacynta’s season may have been over on the domestic front. However, her form has now been rewarded with a first-ever call-up to the senior Women’s Australian side.
Jacynta has already featured for the Australian youth groups at u17 and u20 levels and is also eligible for several other nations including Argentina and Italy.
But, she will be jetting off to join up with The Matildas later this month for their fixtures against Spain and Portugal.
It is certainly an exciting time for the Australians involved at Celtic!