Former Celtic hero Victor Wanyama was the first player to congratulate new Celtic Women’s boss Fran Alonso on getting the Parkhead job.

The Spaniard, who was a technical coach at Southampton, met press today after being announced as the first Celtic Women’s boss since the side went professional.

And he’s going to fit in just fine at the club going by his early comments, as he also listed a number of male ex-Celtic players who he had worked with.

Celtic Park

Celtic Park (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“Celtic is one of the biggest and oldest clubs in the world,” he told STV Sport. “A very successful club.

“I have previous experience with many male former Celtic players I worked with and everyone talked wonders about the club.

“Now I see it for myself and I see that they are right.

“I worked with many. Fraser Forster at Southampton., Danny Fox, Jos Hooiveld, Victor Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk all signed for Southampton from Celtic when I was there.

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Forster and Van Dijk at Southampton

Forster and Van Dijk at Southampton (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

“The first player to congratulate me on getting this job was Victor Wanyama.”


Wanyama clearly thinks highly of Alonso

Alonso’s revelation is a pretty interesting one. He is obviously thought of pretty well by his former colleague if Wanyama was so quick to contact him after getting a new job in the women’s game.

It would have been easy for the Kenyan to take very little notice of Alonso’s new role, and he deserves credit for being aware of what’s happening.

You can tell by the media exposure created by Alonso’s appointment that Celtic have done the right thing going professional.

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The outside of Celtic Park (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We are the biggest football club in Scotland so it is only right that we are seen to be leading the way.

The women’s side have been covered by the likes of Sky Sports today – something that would have been pretty inconceivable not so long ago.

Hopefully they can follow the men’s lead and win some silverware this season. And hopefully Wanyama can follow Alonso’s lead and move north of the border.

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