New Signing Wellings Ready For Scottish League Debut


By Louise Gould

Summer signing Charlie Wellings said the Ghirls are looking forward to getting the Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 underway this weekend. Celtic kick off their league campaign against Aberdeen at Balmoral Stadium on Sunday, at 4.10pm.

“It feels like it’s been such a long pre-season, so it’s nice that it’s finally here,” Wellings said.

The English forward says she’s settled into the Celtic way of life quickly after signing for the Hoops in July.

“I think it’s helped getting thrown straight into games,” she said. “As soon as I arrived, we were playing pre-season. Getting straight into it is just the easiest way to settle in.”

Wellings started her career at English Women’s Super League side Birmingham City, before moving to Bristol City.

The 23-year-old said her different experiences at both clubs and playing in the top flight English league has readied her for her first season in Scottish football.

“At Birmingham we were always mid to top table and were fighting for everything - every game we were competing,” she said.

“But at Bristol, we found ourselves lower down in the table which gives you more experience in those must win games.”

She added: “Here at Celtic, knowing that you have to go into every game winning to get yourself up that table, it’s important to have the experience of knowing what you need to do as you can’t settle for anything else.”

In the short time Wellings has donned the green and white, she has already taken to the field in the UEFA Women's Champions League, cup games and preseason – often finding the net and causing problems for opposition defences.

“Over the preseason I’ve been scoring goals which hopefully will lead on into the season as well,” she said.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s match against last season’s division 2 winners Aberdeen, Wellings said the team have to go into the fixture at their very best to walk away with a win.

“Seeing the results they’ve had and the way they’ve been playing, they’re not just going to settle,” she said.

The new Celt added: “We know it’s going to be a tough game and we’re ready for it.”

Under-16s can gain free access to the match with adults tickets costing £5. Entry will be via cash turnstiles only.

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