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Tegan Bowie delighted with first professional contract

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By Colette Carr

Celtic FC Women are thrilled to announce that Tegan Bowie has signed her first ever professional contract after impressing last year in her debut season with the senior side.

Joining Celtic’s Academy side from rivals Hibs in November 2018, the Scotland Youth International has already clocked up 17 first team and her first goal in what was a testing and turbulent year for the Scottish women’s game. 

The versatile 17-year-old who has been deployed everywhere on the left and across the front three across her Celtic career admitted the offer of a two-year professional deal took her by surprise, but already can’t wait for what the new season will hold.

“I’m excited to see where it goes from here. I wasn’t really expecting it, Fran phoned me and offered me the contract and I was a bit taken aback by it, but I’m excited to see what’s there for me next season.

Having trained and played with the Spaniard’s side last season, Bowie is fully aware of the demands set out at Celtic already, something she hopes she can take into her first foray into the professional game. 

She said: “I think now I know what’s expected of me, and not getting too much game time or as much as I maybe wanted last season, I now know what I need to do to break into the team. I also think being in a professional environment will help in the future as well.

“I think I’ve become more confident in myself and more comfortable with the group and the players around me are really supportive, so that helps me a lot. I now know how the team plays and how I can adapt in game situations as well.”

While being one of the youngsters called upon to the starting eleven on the last day of the season,  Bowie’s integration into Alonso’s setup meant she seamlessly slotted in and had arguably her best attacking and defensive performance of the season. And that 8-0 win that secured Champions League football was the perfect ending to her first senior season.

“Getting two assists was brilliant, but stepping up with the amount of girls missing on that day and having to get that important win, it was great, not just for me but for the club in general.

“Coming up at the start of the season, it was a struggle. Players are faster and more physical and games are faster, so trying to adapt to that at the start was hard, but over time I’ve enjoyed it.

“Getting to play at this level and with these players around me has been great, so I just can’t wait for next season as well,” she added.


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