League Cup Winning Celtic’s Beautiful Sunday – Photo Special

Celtic won the first of our two December Cup Finals yesterday at Firhill against the longtime Scottish Champions Glasgow City. The only goal of the game came from a superb delivery from a free kick from Sarah Harkes and a bullet header from Caitlin Hayes in a match that Celtic could have won by three or four goals.

The attendance at the League Cup final yesterday was 3645, a record for the final and there were clearly a majority supporting the Hoops. Glasgow City, the 14 times Scottish Champions, the established giants of the Scottish Women’s game brought everything and everyone they had to Firhill yesterday but it was nowhere near enough to cope with Celtic on or off the park.

And here’s the thing. That’s not all that Celtic have, indeed off the park the Celtic fans in the crowd were merely the tip of the iceberg. There’s many more to come to games to watch this Celtic side develop under Fran Alonso and incidentally Mr Nicholson, have you got him tied down to a long term deal?

In the summer Glasgow City lost their manager, the former Aberdeen player Scott Booth who left to join Birmingham City.  He then raided Celtic, signing Sarah Ewens and taking Scotland international Lisa Robertson on a season long loan. Fran didn’t stand in their way as the two players – hugely important in last season’s Celtic side – wanted to test themselves and experience English football.

Sometimes though the grass isn’t always greener. Booth lasted only a few months before being sacked a few weeks back and Sarah has had injury problems at Birmingham and is only now getting herself fit. Birmingham have had a horrendous run of defeats and are at the bottom of the league. Maybe it would be best for all concerned of Lisa came back up the road early? She’d be a brilliant addition to this season’s Celtic side.

For Glasgow City they will know that their superiority complex over Celtic is now a busted flush. These Celtic ghirls, the ones who stayed and the ones Fran brought in over the summer, will now have their eyes firmly fixed on Glasgow’s Champions Crown. Celtic are three points behind City and worse still five adrift of theRangers so the Cup Final win needs to be the beginning of an all conquering run of form that can make Celtic SWPL Champions. Can they do it? You bet they can.

Now it’s over to Ange Postecoglou to make it a December Cup Final double for Celtic…

Here’s Niall J’s match report and that’s followed by the best of our photographs from yesterday joyous day as Celtic lifted the Women’s League Cup for only the second time in our history and the first time in eleven years with a 1-0 win over Glasgow City…

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Clarissa Larisey was outstanding for Celtic in  League Cup Final against Glasgow City at Firhill. Larisey is The Celtic Star’s Player of the Match. What a performance, she absolutely terrified the City defence. Photo: Collarge Images

Nothing got past Chloe Craig today and she was always a threat going forward. What a shift. Photo: Collarge Images

Caitlin Hayes scores big goals for Celtic, like in the Champions League and then the winner in the Cup Final. What a tremendous asset she is to this Celtic team. Photo: Collarge Images

GOAL! 0-1 Caitlin Hayes celebrates with her teammates following the winning goal during the Cup Final at Firhill. Photo: Collarge Images

CELTIC’S WINNING GOAL celebrations. Photo: Collarge Images

It’s fair to say that our Aussie girl Jacynta took some time to settle into her groove at Celtic. She’s now going through the gears and was a thorn in Glasgow City’s side all day long. Extremely unlucky not to have scored in the final. Photo: Collarge Images

Charlie Wellings and Clarissa Larisey were dominant against Glasgow City in Celtic’s SWPL Cup Final win. Wellings hit the post in the first few minutes and controlled the game brilliantly in the latter stages. Larisey was simply outstanding. Photo: Collarge Images

Charlie Wellings  with an early shot on goal during the Scottish Womens Premier League Cup Final match Firhill. Photo: Collarge Images

Charlie Wellings with an early effort on goal during the Scottish Womens Premier League Cup Final match between Glasgow City FC & Celtic FC at Firhill. Photo: Collarge Images

Charlie Wellings & Claire Walsh (#5) of Glasgow City FC during the Cup Final at Firhill Photo: Collarge Images

That winning feeling for the Hoops as overjoyed Celtic players celebrate their Cup Final victory. Photo: Collarge Images

Fran Alonso celebrates his side’s Cup Final Win at Firhill. Photo: Collarge Images

There’s Green and White Ribbons round the cup – as usual – but this time it’s for CELTIC having beaten theRangers, Hibs and Glasgow City to win the SWPL Cup Final at Firhill. Photo: Collarge Images

The Celtic celebrations at Firhill in full flow. Photo: Collarge Images.

The Ghirls with Smiles as wide as the Clyde. Photo: Collarge Images

Mengyu Shenhas her own fan club, now proud members of the Celtic Family, they never miss a match. Photo: Collarge Images

Another image of that magical moment for our Celtic Ghirls. Photo: Collarge Images

This is how it feels to be Celtic and now these players really know what that means. Photo: Collarge Images

Jodie Bartle gets set to throw the League Cup high in the air as she celebrates with her teammates at Firhill. Photo: Collarge Images

Celtic FC Manager, Fran Alonso fails to take it all in his stride. His lucky jacket was worn despite the cold (and it was freezing) but it did the trick. What a brilliant appointment he’s been for Celtic. Photo: Collarge Images

Another one of Fran Alonso celebrating but anyone else notice anything rather odd in this photo!! Photo: Collarge Images

Rachael Johnstone (#52) is swept off her feet by her best pal Chloe Logan. The two Celtic keepers share the gloves for Celtic and it was Rachel who got the nod today. Photo: Collarge Images

Self time for our Player of the Match Clarissa Larisey. Photo: Collarge Images

Celtic FC Manager, Fran Alonso lifts the SWPL Cup with all of his back room staff following his sides 1-0 victory during the Scottish Womens Premier League Cup Final match between Glasgow City FC & Celtic FC at Firhill Stadium, Maryhill, Scotland on 5 December 2021.Photo: Collarge Images

Chloe Craig lifts the trophy alongside Charlie Wellings and Jodie Bartle. Photo: Collarge Images

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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