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Celts delighted to secure Irish midfielder Tyler Toland

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By Colette Carr

Celtic are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Tyler Toland ahead of the 2021/2022 season.

The highly-rated youngster joins the Hoops from Women’s Super League side Manchester City following a loan period at SWPL1 rivals Glasgow City and brings international and Champions League experience to Fran Alonso’s side.

Making her senior international debut at just 16, Toland remains Ireland’s youngest ever women’s senior international, winning the cap after impressing all the way through the youth ranks. 

And making the switch across Glasgow was the right move for Toland, who believes Celtic’s football will be her perfect fit.

“When I spoke to Fran I knew it was a perfect fit for me. The way he plays his football, his training and philosophy are definitely right for me, and Celtic’s obviously a massive club and you can’t turn that opportunity down,” she began.

The teenager arrives at Celtic with lived experience of the SWPL1 having spent time across the city winning the league title last season with Glasgow City, something she feels will benefit her as she settles into life at Celtic.

“I do think it’ll help me knowing what the teams in the league are like, how they play and having seen the full run of the league. I obviously seen Celtic last season as well and I was very impressed with them so I’m really looking forward to the season ahead,” she said.

Toland’s fledging career so far has been a unique one. Playing boy’s football well into her late teens before moving to Sion Swifts, she hit the headlines joining one of Europe’s elite in Manchester City just one day after turning 17. And that experience throughout her youth career was great preparation for the professional environment in England she said, as she looks to bring that experience to Celtic.

“I played with boys when I started playing at maybe five or six and played with the boys right up until the age of 17 when I moved to Manchester City. I played with Maiden City and Kildrum Tigers boys and then played a season and a half at Man City before going to Glasgow City on loan for a season.

“Playing with the boys right up to 17 really helped me step into professional football. At Man City it was amazing to train with quality players day in and day out,” she added.

And with the season fast approaching, the 19-year-old can’t wait for competitive action to start.

“Having Champions League this season will be great, and the finished second last season so they’re obviously looking to compete again for the league this season, so it’s just a really great environment. The way Celtic play their football really appealed to me and I’m really looking forward to it.

"I’m just going to work as hard as I can and hopefully help the girls win trophies and get as much success as we can,” Toland added.


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