Last season was a mixed bag for the Celtic FC Women’s team, as they finished third in the league behind eventual champions Rangers and Glasgow City, but made history by winning a cup double, bringing the women’s Scottish Cup to Celtic Park for the first time in the club’s history.
With the women’s Premier League set to kick-off on Sunday, with Celtic in action against Hibernian, can Fran Alonso’s side make more history by winning the league title for the first time?
Interest in the women’s game in Great Britain is at a massive level at the moment following England’s win in Euro 2022, and that could have an impact on the crowds that follow the Celtic women’s team in action this season. The fact that the side did so well to win a cup double last season means that the club know what it is like to have success, and that should give Alonso’s players plenty of confidence.
In all honesty the Ghirls will still be third favourites for the title, as Rangers and Glasgow City have better resources, which hopefully will change at some stage in the future. Celtic’s chances of winning a first ever title will not be helped by the expected exit of striker Charlie Wellings, who scored a remarkable 40 goals last season.
That could explain why Celtic recently signed Liv Fergusson from Coventry, who could be the main goal goal threat this season.
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Looking at the fixtures that the team faces this season, the big tests will come at the end of October and November, with away trips to both Glasgow City and Rangers. Two wins from those games would put the Ghirls in a great position to have success in the league.
It will be interesting to see if another league game is played at Celtic Park this season. Normally the team plays at the Excelsior Stadium, home of Airdrieonians, but last season the team played Hibernian at Celtic Park and there was a big attendance.
Celtic women’s team need to take that next step to go on and win the title, and Fran Alonso could be the manager to do that. After securing European football in his first season, and winning two cups in his second season, the third season in charge has to be all about winning the league, and hopefully the Ghirls can go on to have more success in season 2022/23.