Celtic are set to become the first Scottish club to set up a full-time women’s team.
The Daily Record have reported that the commitment will see the team set-up in the new year. This comes almost six months after the appointment of Eddie Wolecki Black in July. He will be the official head coach of the new set-up.
A base has already been named at East Kilbride’s K Park. It’s a huge step forward for women’s football in Scotland, which has been gradually on the rise.
Shelly Kerr’s Scotland side are heading to the World Cup next summer. That build-up and preparation for that will also be a full-time schedule for the women involved.
Celtic have always been an equal opportunities employer, and are clearly showing this in their new move. The full-time schedule will also see a similar training regime and style to that of Brendan Rodgers’ male squad.
More details have yet to be revealed, but it’s a huge commitment from the club.
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A history of firsts for Celtic
Celtic have been used to being the first Scottish club to make waves in recent memory. They were also the first club in Britain to introduce safe-standing to their stadium for the Green Brigade. This has been viewed by many other clubs’ supporters after its stunning success.
The Hoops clearly have the investment to continue their ventures into women’s football. Others in Scotland, however, don’t have that same luxury. Therefore, it’s not right to have a go at lesser sides in the country who can’t commit to it.
The move could help Celtic put a halt to Glasgow City’s stranglehold on the women’s game in Scotland. City have won the SWPL 1 an incredible 13 times in-a-row.
Added to that, City have been competing in the Women’s Champions League in recent times. Despite meeting full-time superstars Barcelona in the last-16, City aren’t even a full-time club themselves.
It’s a tremendous move forward for Scottish women in football. Here’s hoping, in the long-term, that many other football clubs in the country can subsequently follow Celtic’s lead.