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  • Cheryl McCulloch joins up with Celtic’s Women’s team

    Cheryl McCulloch joins up with Celtic’s Women’s team

    By: Newsroom Staff on 01 Sep, 2017 12:31

  • CELTIC’S Women’s side recently signed experienced defender Cheryl McCulloch and she was registered in time to make her debut in last weekend’s Scottish Building Society Premier League match against Rangers.

    Cheryl has played senior women’s football in Scotland for over 10 years and will be a great addition to the Hoops first-team squad.

    Her previous clubs who all played Premier League football have included Queen’s Park, Hamilton and Glasgow City.  She also played two seasons with Dundee United, which fitted in with her university studies in Dundee.

    Cheryl, 27, has also played at national level, firstly for the Scottish Schools’ FA U15s and then for Scotland at U17 and U19 levels.  She now works across the road from Celtic Park at the Emirates Arena in various roles including reception, coaching and in the gyms.

    In an exclusive interview with the official Celtic Website she said:  “My job at the Emirates involves shifts and it was difficult to continue playing.  Also, I wanted a break, so after the 2016 season I left Glasgow City.  I’ve kept myself fit by working in the gym, playing badminton and five-a-sides.

    “I’ve always supported Celtic, and I couldn’t turn down the chance when I was asked to sign.  I know a number of the players and was looking forward to playing with Ruesha Littlejohn, Megan Cunningham, Suzanne Mulvey and Kelly Clark.”

    Cheryl got her chance only two days after signing, and it certainly was a memorable start to her Celtic career.  Pulling on the Hoops for the first time, she found herself facing Rangers in the local derby match. It took only 49 minutes to find herself the centre of attention when she was really unfortunate to knock the ball past her own goalkeeper, Megan Cunningham.

    However, she showed herself to be an accomplished footballer – firm in the tackle, accurate with her passing and good at talking the younger players through the game.

    She said of her debut:  “I never expect to start a game but it was a nice feeling to hear I was in the starting eleven.  I felt nervous, but excited, to start my first game for Celtic. I am a huge Celtic fan and I knew my family would have been proud seeing me in the green and white.

    “I played the full 90 minutes but I feel there is definitely room for improvement to be fitter. Nine months is a long time to be out of football and although I am generally quite a fit person there is nothing like being match fit and that can only improve with more game time and the training I do.

    “Of course, I was hugely disappointed walking off the park with a defeat. It's never easy losing but we had over 20 shots or goalscoring opportunities on Sunday, so the positive is that we are getting into the right positions in the final third. The next step is showing more composure when we have these opportunities.”

    Looking forward to this weekend’s SSE Scottish Women’s Cup tie against Hibernian in Edinburgh, she continued:  “Hibs are the holders of the Scottish Cup so they will not want to give that up without a fight. They are a good side and we will need to be at our best on Sunday.

    “I expect them to be physical, fast and a threat at set pieces. We have trained really well this week so I'm looking forward to what Sunday’s game brings.

    “Hibs have many players who can be a threat for a defender. Abi Harrison is fast and is a real goal threat. We have had many battles throughout the past few seasons and I'm sure Sunday will be another battle.”

    SSE Scottish Women’s Cup

    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Hibernian v Celtic

    Spartans Academy

    Ainslie Park Stadium

    Edinburgh

    Kick-Off 1 pm

    Adults £5, concessions £3: pay at gate

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