By Euan Davidson
We’ve seen a shedload of goals, attacking play and entertaining football from Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys, but Fran Alonso’s Celtic FC Women side are just as good to watch, and it’s backed by the stats.
Alonso, the lovable and charismatic manager of Celtic’s Women’s side, has ensured goals in bunches for fans of the Ghirls. A relentlessly attacking coach, not unlike his colleagues Postecoglou or B Team manager Tommy McIntyre, Celtic Women have become unmissable entertainment.
That’s not just conjecture, either. The Celtic FC Women side are unbeaten in 20 SWPL games. In that time, they’ve scored an almost unbelievable 77 goals [Celtic FC Women].
That’s 3.85 goals a game.
On a run spanning two seasons, Celtic have picked up results against Glasgow City and Rangers, while comprehensively beating the likes of Forfar Farmington, Motherwell and Spartans.
In the last three games alone, Alonso’s side have scored 14 times [Celtic FC Women]. That includes two 6-0 thrashings, handed out to Motherwell and Hamilton Academical.
With scorers across the squad, Alonso’s side are sheer entertainment value. There was considerable anxiety when top scorer Sarah Ewans left, but striker Charlie Wellings has more than made up for any potential shortfall.
Then there’s Bowie, Donaldson, Olafsdottir Gros, Shen Mengyu and captain Kelly Clark scoring goals. Even defenders like Chloe Craig get on the scoresheet with regularity; she’s scored 70 in 215 Celtic appearances [Celtic FC Women].
Somewhat bafflingly, being 20 games unbeaten across two seasons and scoring that many goals does not automatically equal success.
Celtic FC Women have to be that good because the standard requires it. The Ghirls sit third in the SWPL1 at the time of writing [Soccerway], two points behind rivals Rangers at the top.
Glasgow City, chasing their 16th league title, are still stern competition. They’re a Champions League side, and pipped the Ghirls to the title on the last day of the 20-21 campaign.
There’s little more Fran Alonso could do to make Celtic FC Women extremely watchable. It’s not even just the goals, it’s the commitment to constant attacking football. It got his side into the Champions League qualifiers, and it’s clearly an ethos spread across the squads.
The next challenge, beyond remaining competitive in the SWPL, is seeing whether they can top the men’s team’s 69-game unbeaten run.
Without getting ahead of ourselves here, there’s every chance. Alonso is clearly a superb fit for Celtic, and he’s getting the best out of a talented group of players.
Can they make it 21? Rangers might have something to say about that on Hallowe’en.
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