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Celtic FC Women complete summer of worldwide signings

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By Louise Gould

The transfer window has closed, and Celtic FC Women had a busy summer searching all corners of the globe, with seven signings arriving during the 2021 summer transfer window. 

The seven new arrivals to Fran Alonso’s squad hail from China, New Zealand, Canada, Iceland, US, England and Ireland. All bar one of the new players have already experienced playing in the famous green and white this season, having featured in the squad for Celtic Women’s debut in the UEFA Women's Champions League. 

Latest recruit and deadline day signing Clarissa Larisey joined the Hoops from newly crowned Icelandic champions Valur, subject to international clearance. The 22-year-old Canadian striker, who previously netted 34 times in 73 appearances for the University of Memphis, will add more fire power to Alonso’s squad. 

New Celt and Chinese Internationalist Shen Mengyu made history by becoming the first ever Chinese woman player in the UK. The dynamic midfielder made the move from Shanghai Shengli for the 2021/22 season. The 19-year-old narrowly missed out on selection for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics having been involved in the initial squad of 26. 

Celtic have however added an Olympian to the mix, with the arrival of New Zealand international Olivia Chance. The 27-year-old spent the summer in Tokyo with the Football Ferns, before making her Celtic debut in Norway against FC Minsk in the UWCL. 

American centre-back Cheyenne Shorts made her way to Paradise after the Covid-19 pandemic forced her out of playing action at Orlando Pride and Saint Etienne. 

Irish teenager Tyler Toland has already made her mark in the squad featuring heavily in the team’s preseason matches, as well as in the UWCL. 

Icelandic winger María Ólafsdóttir Gros arrived at Celtic Park from Thor KA - achieving her dream of playing professional football. 

English striker Charlie Wellings made the move north of the border to join the Hoops earlier in the summer. The 23-year-old signed from Bristol City in July, having scored in the 2017 FA Women's Cup Final at Wembley Stadium whilst playing for Birmingham City. 

Alonso’s rejuvenated squad start their league campaign this weekend against Aberdeen at Balmoral Stadium, at 4:10pm on Sunday, September 5. 


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