Celtic get Scottish Cup boost, with lower leagues and Women's football set to return

By Euan Davidson

March 2, 2021

Celtic have received a massive Scottish Cup boost this Tuesday afternoon.

It’s great news around Scottish football. Today, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that Leagues 1 and 2, Highland League and Women’s Football fixtures are set to return. That’s welcome for Celtic FC Women, who can play fixtures with rigorous COVID testing before matches.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced [Daily Record]:

“Later today, the Public Health Minister will support the resumption of competitive football in Scottish Leagues 1 and 2, the Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 and – for the purposes of playing Scottish Cup ties – certain Highland League teams.

“I hope this news will be welcomed by football fans across the country.”

With Celtic chasing Rangers in the league, and St Johnstone winning the Betfred Cup, this is welcome. Celtic still have the chance to make history in 20-21. The Bhoys hold the record for most consecutive Scottish Cup wins, with 4. 5, surely, would not be repeated for a long, long time.

Fran Alonso’s Celtic Women team are now allowed to train and play matches / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Not just Celtic and the Scottish Cup, the SWPL is back too

As mentioned, it’s also great news for Celtic FC Women.

In January, the club announced the arrivals of Jacynta Galabadaarchchi, Mariah Lee, Izzy Atkinson and Anna Filbey [Celtic FC Women]. None have been able to play yet, but there’s real optimism that each signing will add huge quality to Fran Alonso’s team.

Back in January, Alonso said:

“They are so excited and make us excited, and overall it has been a very good transfer window for us.

“We have brought players in in every line, so we have a lot of options now which is great, especially after this nightmare of having to stop again. With the risk of injury for every player in the league now higher, it’s great to have so many options of great quality in every position.

“With these four signings, in my eyes it makes the team much stronger than what it was before lockdown and gives us more experience, because they all either bring international or top league experience.

“It’s fantastic news and hopefully they have brilliant careers ahead of them.”

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