Celtic F.C. Women

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Celtic Women
Celtic crest
Full nameCeltic Football Club
GroundK-Park Training Academy, East Kilbride
PatronElaine C. Smith
ManagerEddie Wolecki Black[1]
LeagueSWPL 1
2018SWPL 1, 3rd of 8
WebsiteClub website

Celtic Football Club women's team is a Scottish association football team, the women's section of Celtic Football Club. They play in the Scottish Women's Premier League, the top division of women's football in Scotland. They compete as Celtic FC, and are normally called the 'women's first team' within the club,[2] but are often called Celtic Women, Celtic FC Women or similar names to distinguish them from the men's team. In December 2018 they announced a move to full-time training, becoming the first ever professional women's football team in Scotland.


For the first 120 years of its existence, Celtic only fielded male football teams. In the early 1960s Rose Reilly was noticed by a Celtic scout who wanted to sign her, but the scout found out she was female and withdrew the offer. Reilly cried, asking: "Why can a girl not play for Celtic?"[3] A women's section was established in June 2007 when Celtic took over Arsenal North L.F.C.,[4] founding a Girls and Women's Football Academy at the same time.[5]

Celtic reached the Scottish Women's Cup final in their inaugural year, losing 3–1 to Hibernian after extra time in May 2008.[6][7] The team's first silverware arrived two years later as Spartans were beaten 4–1 in the final of the 2010 Scottish Women's Premier League Cup.[8]

In October 2012 Celtic were expelled from the Scottish Women's Cup. They had tried to force the postponement of a quarter final with Glasgow City, but the SWF did not accept Celtic's reasons and instead awarded the tie to Glasgow.[9]

In August 2013 Celtic faced being thrown out of the national Cup for the second successive season, following a complaint from beaten second round opponents Forfar Farmington. Celtic won the match 5–2 but had named former player Emily Thomson as a substitute in a bid to cup-tie her for the season at her new club, rivals Glasgow City.[10]

At the end of 2014 season, Celtic saw a mass exodus of established first team players and promising young prospects, with a number of players' apparent frustration at the lack of ambition on Celtic's part, due to Celtic looking to cut back their involvement in the women's game. The likes of Gemma Fay, Rhonda Jones, Chloe Arthur and Heather Richards headed for the exit door, while Scotland legends like Julie Fleeting and Suzanne Grant hadn't committed for the following season.[11][12]

Celtic reached their second SWPL Cup final in May 2018, but were beaten 9–0 by Hibernian at Falkirk Stadium. Head coach David Haley said of his beleaguered players: "I'm sure they're as embarrassed as I am".[13] Later that month Haley stood down from first team coaching to concentrate on running the girls' academy.[14] Former Glasgow City coach Eddie Wolecki Black was appointed from Motherwell L.F.C. as his replacement.[15]

Celtic announced in December 2018 that their women's team players would be employed as full-time professionals, starting from the 2019 season. In doing so they became the first ever professional women's football team in Scotland.[16] Among Wolecki Black's first three signings for the team was his wife, Emma Black.[17]

Stadium and facilities[edit]

Celtic have used East Kilbride's K-Park Training Academy as their home ground since 2015.[18]

From its inception in 2007, the team trained at the newly-built Lennoxtown Training Centre outside Glasgow. In 2019, Celtic announced plans to redevelop their older Barrowfield training ground near Celtic Park for use by their youth academy and the women's team, including an indoor pitch and a matchday venue, augmenting the Lennoxtown base which would continue to be used by the men's first team squad.[19][20][21][22]


Current squad[edit]

As of 11 February 2019[23]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Autumn Farrell
2 Republic of Ireland DF Keeva Keenan
3 Scotland DF Claire Crosbie
4 Scotland DF Cheryl McCulloch
5 Scotland MF Natalie Ross
6 Scotland DF Chloe Craig
7 Scotland MF Kirsty McLaughlin
8 Scotland MF Katherine Smart
9 Germany FW Josephine Giard
10 Scotland FW Kathleen McGovern
No. Position Player
11 Scotland FW Sarah Ewens
12 Scotland MF Rachel Donaldson
14 Scotland MF Nicole Cairney
15 Scotland MF Kelly Clark (captain)
16 Scotland DF Emma Black
17 Scotland FW Kodie Hay
19 United States DF Kelsey Hodges
24 Scotland FW Samantha Hare
25 Scotland GK Megan Cunningham
40 Scotland DF Rachael O'Neill

Player of the Year[edit]

Season Name Nationality Position Ref
2015 Kelly Clark  Scotland Midfielder [24]
2016 Mairead Fulton  Scotland Midfielder [25]
2017 Kerry Montgomery  Northern Ireland Midfielder [26]
2018 Natalie Ross  Scotland Midfielder [27]
2019 Keeva Keenan  Ireland Defender [28]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Eddie Wolecki Black
Assistant Manager Michael Tuohy
Goalkeeping Coach Liam Campbell
First Team Coach Adam Switzer
Sports Scientist Janice Buchanan
Sports Therapist Caitlin Brown

Last updated: 11 February 2019
Source: Celtic FC[23]



Former Dundee United player John Holt was the team's manager in their inaugural 2007–08 campaign.[30] Robert Docherty took charge between 2008 and 2012 and was succeeded by Peter Caulfield, who spent six months in position.[31] David Haley was then head coach for five years until stepping down in 2018 to head the club's women's academy.[32] He was replaced by former Glasgow City manager Eddie Wolecki Black.[33]

See also[edit]

Old Firm#Women's football


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  16. ^ Dewar, Heather (24 December 2018). "Celtic Women going full-time hailed a 'potential game-changer' for Scottish game". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  17. ^ Frith, Wilf (21 December 2018). "Celtic Women sign trio". She Kicks. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
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  19. ^ Celtic pitch plans for Barrowfield training ground expansion, Urban Realm, 6 June 2019
  20. ^ Celtic FC lodges plans for training centre redevelopment, Scottish Construction Now, 6 June 2019
  21. ^ Celtic announce major east end re-development plans, Glasgow Live, 5 June 2019
  22. ^ Celtic to redevelop Barrowfield training ground, BBC Sport, 5 June 2019
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  24. ^ "Kelly thrilled to lift Women's Player of the Year Award". Celtic F.C. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Congratulations to Mairead Fulton, @CelticFCWomen's Player of the Year!". Celtic F.C. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Scott Sinclair's double delight at club's Player of the Year awards". Celtic F.C. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Captain is a treble winner at Celtic Player of the Year event". Celtic F.C. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  28. ^ https://celticfcwomen.celticfc.net/news/first-team/keen-an-able
  29. ^ a b Schoggl, Hans (24 September 2010). "Scotland (Women) - List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  30. ^ Booth, Samantha (20 February 2008). "Girls Will Be Bhoys At Celtic Ladies FC". Daily Record. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  31. ^ "Celtic Ladies head coach Peter Caulfield departs SWPL club". Scotzine. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  32. ^ "Women's football: David Haley to step down as Celtic head coach". BBC Sport. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  33. ^ "Celtic Women: New boss Eddie Wolecki Black wants to defy doubters after doctors". BBC Sport. 28 July 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018.

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