Celtic Women’s new professional era began in style on Friday night, with a landmark win over 13 in a row Scottish champions Glasgow City.
The Ghirls were dominant in the game, and fully deserved their 2-1 victory. The win sent a message to the rest of the club in the league that they mean business this season.
More than that, it is validation for Celtic’s decision to turn the club professional. Perhaps in the past the women’s team might have been afterthought at Celtic. That certainly doesn’t seem to be the case now.
The Hoops have put a lot of effort in the decision to making the women’s team professional. Perhaps the biggest move was the appointment of manager Fran Alonso.
Experienced appointment was key
Alonso had worked with both Ronald Koeman and Mauro Pochettino in the past, which is the sort of experience that is needed for what is a new era at Celtic.
It might only be one league game into the women’s season, but all at Celtic should be delighted with the progression that has been made.
Hopefully the win over Glasgow City will bring more attention to the women’s team. The team has already been given plenty of publicity for going professional, but then it was up to the players to do it on the pitch.
Fans may turn attention once Hoops win league
The team more than delivered. It will be interesting to see if, when the men’s season is over and the Hoops have won nine in a row, the fans turn their attention to the women’s side, especially if they have a chance of winning the league.
It won’t be easy to end Glasgow City’s 13-year run as champions, but at the moment Celtic have the infrastructure to do that.
The Women’s team couldn’t have hoped for a better start to their new era. Hopefully the good form continues and the fans go along to support the team.