Celtic have confirmed that the 15,822 crowd that attended yesterday’s SWPL 1 match at Celtic Park is a new domestic record for Scottish women’s football.

The Celtic fans had only set the previous record a couple of weeks ago against Glasgow City but smashed it on Sunday as Fran Alonso’s side took on Hearts in a pivotal title decider.

Unfortunately, the Ghirls didn’t quite manage to secure their first-ever championship but the surge in interest around the women’s team is an excellent sign of things to come.

Strong crowd expected for Celtic FC Women’s Scottish Cup final

Another huge weekend is on the way, too. This Sunday at 1:30 pm, Celtic FC Women take on Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden, looking to defend the trophy they won last season against Glasgow City at Tynecastle.

Ticket sales look strong for the national stadium clash. The club have already sold out five sections of the north stand with sections around the curve of the Celtic end now opening up.

That means a few thousand at least will be paying in to cheer on the Hoops. Rangers fans could turn out in decent numbers too, having pulled in a 10k crowd of their own at Ibrox on Sunday.

So the record could tumble for the third time in three weeks, which must be thrilling for those promoting the women’s game in this country.

Finishing this season on a high with a trophy win would be a fine reward for the hard work this popular squad have put into the campaign. It would also set them up nicely for another tilt at the honours next term, as they also look to make progress in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

In other news, BBC Sportscene’s imaginary Celtic and Rangers league table is desperate stuff.

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