Alonso will keep placing faith in the youth


By Colette Carr

Celtic boast some of the best youth stars in the country insists Fran Alonso, as he maintains he will continue to place his faith into the youth this season.

With a number of last season’s Academy outfit being brought into the fold at the turn of the year, the manager stated they aren’t just in his current plans, but for seasons beyond. And with such young talent at his disposal, Celtic will ensure they will flourish this season either in the Hoops, or out on loan duty.

“We have so much belief in our young players. We believe we have some of, if not the best in the country at that age and we need to look after them. It’s one of our cornerstones and we know they are the future,” he began.

“All the young players with us have our trust and we will give them the minutes, and the players we cannot give minutes to will be sent out on loan, but we’ll always think about their future at Celtic.

“We know young players will make mistakes and we are prepared for that, but we don’t want them to be scared of that.

“Even against Glasgow City, who are the strongest opponent we can play against, we have  given the opportunity to young players. In February when we played them we had then 17-year-old Chloe Warrington in the starting eleven, and the last time we had Chloe, Tegan Bowie, and Kate Nicolson involved so we aren’t scared to give them a chance,” he added.

Namely, Bowie’s hard work has already been rewarded with an enviable start to life in the premier division. The youngster came off the bench in the season opener against Glasgow City, before starting the next two matches and bagging her first senior goal for the club. For Alonso, her development is an exciting one to track and can be an example for her fellow youth graduates. 

He said: “Tegan came on and showed she wasn’t intimidated. She tried but maybe lacked experience because it was her debut, but within the performance of the team, I think Tegan was one of the positive notes because you can see how her development is coming along.

“She just needs to keep working hard, and when she has the opportunity to be on the pitch she just needs to do what she did; be brave, don’t be scared to take players on and work hard for the team, but we are pleased with all of our young players.”

Celtic FC Women visit Rangers Women at the Rangers Training Centre next Sunday in a 3pm kick-off.

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