Alonso thrilled with Scotland duo call-ups


By Colette Carr

Manager Fran Alonso was thrilled to see “instrumental” Kelly Clark and Tegan Bowie getting deserved recognition for their fine form in the shape of Scotland call-ups for tomorrow’s Women’s World Cup qualifier in Spain.

The pair jet off to Seville this afternoon as Scotland take on the group leaders searching for a win after rescuing a point against Ukraine at Hampden on Friday, in Bowie’s first senior international nod, and the Celtic captain’s first national camp since 2017.

“Firstly, I’d like to say I’m delighted that both Kelly and Tegan have been rewarded with the opportunity to go with the national team,” the manager began, “I think it’s well-deserved and they’ve been key parts of our team. 

“The team have done very well this season so far, and both players have been instrumental in us reaching the final on Sunday. I think obviously Kelly is surprised after all these years of not playing for Scotland, but I think she has the quality and talent to be there, so I’m delighted Pedro has given her the chance, and Tegan is the future. She has always been a key part of the youth Scotland national teams and now she’ll have a shot with the seniors but it’s great for them to get training minutes with some top, top players.”

With relatively new Scotland boss Pedro Martinez Losa settling into his new role, the call-ups will allow not only Clark and Bowie the chance to impress, but the manager the opportunity to see what Alonso and his backroom staff see everyday on the surface at Barrowfield.

Ahead of Scotland kicking off against Spain, Alonso hopes his latest two international Celts will be able to take the experience back into their domestic football, and that it won’t be their last opportunity for a while.

“It’ll help them grow as players and in confidence, but it’s also great for Celtic that after a while we have players representing the club and Scotland in the squad. I hope it’s not a one-off and I hope they do well, impress the manager and hopefully called up to future training camps as well,” he added. 

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