Celtic Women announce 2 departures after double cup-winning season

By David Walton

June 6, 2022

Celtic Women have announced 2 departures from the club as Chloe Warrington and Maria Olafsdottir Gros bow out after a historic double-winning season.

Fran Alonso’s squad is already in its rebuilding stage ahead of the new campaign after announcing 4 new contract extensions last week. Jacynta, Chloe Craig, Caitlin Hayes, and Kelly Clark all committed to the club for a further year.

However, both Warrington and Gros will depart having played their part in ending Celtic’s 11-year trophyless wait.

Warrington came through the Celtic academy and went on to make 42 appearances for the club. She was brought into the first-team on a regular basis by Alonso back in 2020, with the defender signing for the club all the way back in 2010 [Celtic FC].

Gros, meanwhile, only arrived back in July 2021. The 19-year-old also played a sizable role this season as she featured on 31 occasions. Unfortunately, however, the forward would only net 5 goals as her time in Glasgow comes to an end [Celtic FC].

Celtic won both the SWPL Cup and the Scottish Women’s Cup this term, beating Glasgow City in both respective finals.

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It’s a shame to see Warrington depart especially. Given the time she’s been at the club and her rise through the ranks, it would’ve felt right to see her press on and potentially be part of a title push next season. However, you can understand the decision as Celtic look to evolve further next year.

Alonso’s side has already proven that it can beat Rangers and Glasgow City when it comes to one-off occasions. However, competing with them over the course of an SWPL campaign has proven particularly challenging.

Celtic finished 3rd in the league last season behind both of their rivals. Despite the historic success in cup competitions, it was frustrating to see the Hoops finish as many as 17 points behind Rangers especially.

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However, more investment from the club is clearly needed with the quality of player at Celtic improving. The league championship is the competition Alonso will want to boost the club’s results in, but he’ll need to be supported in order to do so.

If it happens, we could be in for an even bigger campaign next season. It already looks like being an interesting summer for the women’s team as they look to progress over the next 12 months.

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