"I've never felt safer in goals" says number 1 Chloe Logan


By Colette Carr

Celtic’s number 1 Chloe Logan had some lofty words to share about her backline, claiming “she’s never felt safer in goals” than what she does with this crop of defensive stars.

Celtic’s last line of defence hailed the depth of the squad for helping her feel so secure between the sticks regardless of who lines out in front of her, as she confessed she’s never known comfort or confidence like it. 

“For me as a goalkeeper, I’ve never felt as safe in goal in a squad before,” she started.

“Kelly and Cailtin have been absolutely brilliant but if I’m being honest, a number of players can play in that backline and I would be comfortable with any one of them. The strength we have as a squad is the depth of players we have. 

“Kelly and Caitlin have been absolutely solid but there’s not one defender I don’t trust on the ball and we’re such a strong unit. Everything we do, we do together as that unit so I’m really comfortable and confident in the defenders I’ve got in front of me.”

Logan has more than impressed since the return of football with the stopper claiming three cleansheets out of five games played and only conceding four - all of which coming from the two sides who finished above the Hoops last term. 

But while she has produced more than convincing displays, she admits she still has more to give, and stressed how important it is for a level-headed keeper not to get too hung up on the prospect of cleansheet after cleansheet.

“I don’t feel like I am where I was before lockdown - I think I still have a bit more to go and I’m not feeling as sharp as what I was, but I’m definitely making progress and that’s the important thing. 

“We’ve kept a few cleansheets which is always pleasing, but for me personally I don’t judge my own performance purely by a cleansheet. If you look at the Hibs game, they scored a penalty and a shot from four yards or so out, so I’m not going to be hard on myself for that.

“Of course the cleansheet is the aim and it’s what I’d love to get, but if it doesn’t happen I’m not going to get too down on it,” she admitted. 

Celtic have also raised eyebrows on the attacking front, with notable high score-lines coming against Hearts where they condemned the Edinburgh side to a damning 10-0 defeat, and up against last season’s runners-up Hibs, recording an emphatic 6-2 victory.

But with the growing firepower going forward, and the steely defensive traits at the back, Logan hopes the Celts can marry the two and grow as a force to be reckoned with. 

She said: “We had a great attacking threat against Hearts with the 10 goals and a cleansheet, but from there we’ve really built.

“The game against Rangers showed us what a great group of girls we are together. We were a real unit against Rangers, defensively everyone was brilliant and we got a lot of plaudits for that.

“Then going onto Hibs I think a lot of plaudits have to go to the squad as an attacking side. We were so clinical going forward, so if you look at those games defensively and going forward, we've looked absolutely solid. So if we can pair the two up then I’m really excited for the season ahead.”

Celtic play Forfar Farmington on Sunday December 6 at K-Park in a 2pm kick-off.  Watch live on the BBC Sport Scotland website. 

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