One Celtic team has been blazing a trail whilst the rest have struggled this season; it is, of course, Fran Alonso’s outstanding women’s side. Their results have been absolutely extraordinary, and perhaps the most recent is the most amazing of them all; their first win in the Champions League. Men’s team take note; these ladies are showing you up.
Since this campaign kicked off, they have beaten Montrose 9-0, Hamilton 7-1, Spartans 5-0, Dundee Utd 9-0, Hibs 4-2 and now Bronby by a single goal. Fran Alonso has built a machine here, an absolute high-performance machine which eats up opponents and spits out goals.
The goal against the Danes was scored by Kelly Clark, a defender, and it’s noticeable how well spread out across the team the scoring has been.
Certainly, two players in particular – Amy Gallagher, formerly of Hibs and in the form of her life, and Kit Loferski – have been storming it with an astonishing 15 goals between them, but there are deadly players in front of goal all through this Celtic team.
It was a summer of major changes in the squad; Fran has brought in no fewer than eight players, including two more Americans and a midfielder, Paula Partido, from the Real Madrid women’s side.
Fran can certainly spot a player, but above all else he can craft players into a single unit that blows the competition away.
Last season’s dramatic finish was gutting. There are players in this Celtic team who are clearly fuelled by a determination to right that wrong. Watching them so far you can see that’s exactly what they are going to do. They are going to hammer most teams this season, and I cannot see past them when it comes to winning the title.
But it’s this European adventure they are now on which will be really something to see.
These women are going to get to test themselves against the very best, and that will tell them, and us, something. And we can believe in them to give a good account of themselves and make the club proud.
As they have every step of the way so far.