Fran Alonso spoke to the Media on Friday ahead of this afternoon’s crucial SWPL1 match against theRangers, the third and final Glasgow Derby of the season and with Celtic recording two previous wins, his Celtic side can achieve a whitewash today and in doing so propel themselves towards securing that second Champions League spot for next season. (Today’s game kicks off at 4pm and is live on BBC Alba).
It’s also Celtic last game against the either of the the two title rivals in what has been an incredibly close three way fight for the title. Very few points have been dropped to any of the other sides – frustratingly only Celtic slipped up with a 2-2 draw against Forfar Farmington at the end of last year and you have to hope that when we all look at the league table come the final fixtures on 6 June those two dropped points don’t cost us dearly. A win today would pretty much ease those concerns.
The media conferences on Friday – we also spoke to Celtic captain Kelly Clark – were interesting in that the club mixed up the media, inviting Celtic news sites like The Celtic Star, podcasts like The Cynic and one or two others plus a couple of mainstream media journalists.
The Celtic Star asked Fran about the increasing interest in his Celtic side among the support, the move towards professionalism within the women’s game and whether he’s spoken to Dominic McKay about further investment in the women’s game given the new CEO’s excellent track record supporting the development of the women’s game while at the SRU.
“I’ve had the opportunity to talk several times to Dom, by emails, by message. Our schedule is crazy, his is even more crazy so we’ve not had the opportunity to meet face to face but he’s been in touch to congratulate us after ever single win,” Alonso revealed.
“I know he did a lot of women’s rugby and I know he’s very keen to do a lot for Celtic Women so it’s fantastic. We have a lot of plans, I won’t say too much because I’ll wait until they are confirmed in terms of training (facilities) and playing (signing players) for next season.
“I guarantee that it’s going to be a much better surroundings (venue) than it’s been this year. Again, it’s within our strategy of increasing slowly professionalism and resources step by step so we’re going to take another step for next season. So it’s exciting,” Fran concluded.
You can watch the Media Conference below, and as mentioned above it is a new format that the club might be thinking of adopting for next season, with the Celtic Fan media sites and podcasts joining the MSM to speak to the club manager and players ahead of matches.
#SBSSWPL | 🚨 24 HOUR COUNTDOWN 🚨
⚽ @RangersWFC v @CelticFCWomen
📅 Sunday 23rd May
🏟 Rangers Training Centre
🕓 16:10 KO
📺 LIVE on @bbcalba #EveryGameMatters pic.twitter.com/QLDt7Wqby9
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