Club Name: Celtic FC Women
Founding Year: 2007
Home Stadium: Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
Training Ground: Barrowfield
Current League: Scottish Women’s Premier League
Current Manager: Fran Alonso
Rival Clubs: Glasgow City, Rangers

Celtic FC Women are a well-established professional team in the Scottish Women’s Premier League. The Ghirls have origins dating back to 2007 and have lifted multiple cup trophies in their history. They are also three-time runners-up for the top-flight, most recently in 2020/21.

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Club name

Celtic FC Women adopted their name from the men’s side of the club from their foundations as Celtic Ladies Football Club. But the team is often only referred to as Celtic if not separated from the men’s team. While the club is also often referred to as the women’s first-team within Celtic.

The women’s team also took on their nickname, the Ghirls, from an adaptation of the men’s side’s, the Bhoys. Celtic include the H in their nicknames for the phonetical Irish enunciation.

Founded as: Celtic Ladies Football Club

Name changed: Celtic FC Women

Nickname: The Ghirls

Celtic FC Women founding year

Celtic founded their own women’s team in 2007 after the club took over Arsenal North. The Gunners had operated a female team in Glasgow but became an in-house operation for the Ghirls after a third-bottom finish. The team also became fully professional in January 2020.

Celtic FC Women did not fall within the Celtic Football Club operation until 2015 having been under the Celtic FC Foundation. Celtic’s girls academy is also now under the club’s oversight.

Home stadium

Celtic FC Women have used Airdrieonians FC’s Excelsior Stadium as their home ground since the 2021/22 season. The Ghirls previously played their home games at East Kilbride’s K-Park Training Academy from 2015 and had used Celtic’s Lennoxtown Training Centre from 2007.

Previous Stadium: Lennoxtown Training Centre (2007-2014)

Previous stadium: K-Park Training Academy, East Kilbride (2015-2020)

Current stadium: Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (2021-present)

Excelsior Stadium capacity: 10,101

Training ground

Celtic FC Women’s training ground has been Barrowfield since 2019. The side had previously shared the men’s Lennoxtown Training Centre from the team’s foundations in 2007. But the club opted to redevelop the men’s side’s previous complex for Celtic’s B-Team and women’s team.

Their Barrowfield training ground offers Celtic FC Women use of upgraded pitches, an indoor pitch, a warm-up area and a gym. It also has a grandstand to be used as a matchday venue.

Location: Barrowfield, London Road, Glasgow, G31 4

Celtic FC Women current league

Celtic FC Women’s current league is the Scottish Women’s Premier League. The Ghirls have played in the top tier of the women’s game in Scotland since their formation back in 2007.

Current league: Scottish Women’s Premier League (2007-present)

Celtic FC Women current manager

Celtic FC Women named Fran Alonso as their latest manager in January 2020. He replaced Eddie Wolecki Black at the helm after the Scotsman’s 18-month tenure. Alonso first joined the Ghirls team in 2019 ahead of their pre-season tour and was the first coach of their pro side.

Alonso brought instant success to the club and added the first piece of silverware to Celtic’s trophy cabinet since 2010. The experienced coach led the Ghirls into the Champions League for the first time in their history. He then guided the club to the League Cup title come 2021.

Celtic appointed Alonso as the latest manager of their women’s team after his previous role as first-team manager of Lewes FC. He also served as Ronald Koeman’s assistant at Everton and previously held the role of first-team coach and women’s technical director at Southampton.

Current manager: Fran Alonso (2020-present)

Celtic FC Women contact details


Contact numbers: Full list here

General enquiries, email: [email protected]

Tickets, email: [email protected]

Address: Excelsior Stadium, Craigneuk Ave, Airdrie, ML6 8QZ

Celtic FC Women tickets

Fans wishing to buy tickets for Celtic FC Women’s games can do so through the club’s official website. The Glasgow natives offer fans the choice of season tickets and single-match tickets.