8 January 2020
Celtic women's team have turned professional © Celtic Football Club
Celtic FC's women's first team made an historic move to professional status on 7 January 2020 following "significant investment" from the club.
A number of existing players have already been moved on to professional contracts, while the squad is expected to be boostd by further signings over the coming weeks.
The club has also confirmed that a new head coach will be named soon to replace Eddie Wolecki Black, along with a full-time assistant coach and a backroom team including dedicated sports science and medical personnel.
Under Wolecki Black last season, Celtic finished third in the SWPL. It is a little over a year since Celtic announced their plans to go full-time, and they follow Rangers, who became professional last month..
A statement on the club's official website said: "The wider club staff have also committed to supporting the women’s team, with every effort made to ensure they have the highest quality of support for the season ahead."
Gordon Kaye, Celtic’s Head of Business Development said: "We are delighted to be leading the way in this area in Scotland and we are sure our move to professional status is one which will be hugely beneficial for the club and our players.
“Our new professional arrangement aims to provide the same opportunities for women wishing to play the game at all levels as we currently do for men - as a club famously open to all, this is hugely important to us.
"Building on recent progress, our objective will always be to aim higher and achieve more success and we believe our new professional status will allow us to do this.
“While we realise reaching the top spot in Scotland may not happen overnight, we always want to be the best in all we do and this is absolutely something we aspire to.
"It is a very exciting time for women's football and we are delighted to be driving forward with these exciting new plans."
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