Celtic have made the big announcement that our women’s team will be moving to professional status with immediate effect.
The club took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to break the news, as well as posting the details on the club website. They say that “considerable work has been undertaken to reach this stage” and that “significant investment” has been committed.
They also say that a number of new signings will be finalised before the start of the new season while a new Head Coach and full-time assistant coach will also be appointed “as soon as possible.”
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 7, 2020
Gordon Kaye, the club’s Head of Business Development is quoted as saying: “We are delighted to be leading the way in this area in Scotland and we are sure our move to professional status is one which will be hugely beneficial for the club and our players.
“Our new professional arrangement aims to provide the same opportunities for women wishing to play the game at all levels as we currently do for men – as a club famously open to all, this is hugely important to us.”
Celtic women’s team have great potential
The news can only be viewed as a positive for the club moving forward. Women’s football is growing massively in this country every day and it seemed a shame that we, as the leading male club, weren’t one of the biggest hitters.
The likes of Glasgow City and Hibernian have dominated the women’s game over the past few years so it will be really interesting to see if Celtic can force their way into the reckoning for any of the three domestic trophies.
Like on the men’s scene, the majority of the country’s top players want to play down south. That’s one of the big difficulties that this new professional Celtic will face. But hopefully the size of our club and the infrastructure around will help attract some of the best Scottish players.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting 2020 for the women as well as the men. Bring it on.