Caitlin Hayes named SWPL1 Player of the Month for December

Caitlin Hayes named SWPL1 Player of the Month for December

Ayr United v Celtic FC Women -Scottish Cup 07/01/2024. Caitlin Hayes of Celtic on 7 January 2024. Photo Colin Poultney PSI

Celtic centre half Caitlin Hayes has been named the SWPL1 Player of the Month for December. This is the first time the Ireland international has picked up the award since joining the Hoops in 2020, but her fantastic performances for the Hoops meant that Hayes got her hands on the award after a long wait!

Caitlin beat Lauren Davidson, Carly Girasoli, and Demi Taylor to the award. Hayes scored three goals in December that helped keep Celtic in the title race. She opened the scoring against Spartans before securing a brace in the 7-0 win, and she found the breakthrough to rescue a draw against Hearts.

Speaking to Celtic TV, Hayes said: “It’s a big honour and I’m thankful for it, but it’s probably a reflection on how my teammates continue to make me look. So, thankful for them and thankful for the award.

“We had a good month. It could’ve been better with how we finished December but heads down and keep going.”

Speaking about the upcoming league match against Montrose, she said: “It’ll be great to be back at home, in front of the home support, and hopefully we can put on a show and come out with three points.”

Photo; Colin Poultney/SWPL

Celtic return to the Excelsior this Sunday to take on Montrose, who currently sit 10th in the table. Tickets are available to buy online HERE, and the match will be broadcast on BBC Sport Scotland. These games are never a formality as nothing can be take for granted. That said it would be a massive shock if Montrose could take anything from a game against Celtic, given how their first season in the top flight has gone.

Celtic won the earlier meeting this season 9-0 up at Links Park with Kit Loferski scoring four goals that day. She’s been out injured in recent weeks but will have been targeting this game on Sunday for a return ahead of what’s to follow.

Yes, a much tougher challenge will come the following Friday – 21 January – when it’s the eagerly awaited Glasgow Derby in the semi-final of the Sky Sports League Cup. That’s a Friday night under the lights and there’s sure to be a big Celtic support there to cheer on the Ghirls.


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