THE Celtic Women’s team have been thrown out of the Scottish Cup after they were unable to field a team for their quarter-final match with Glasgow City.
The Hoops had 11 players called up for Scotland U17 international duty at the same time the cup-tie was scheduled for, and four of those players were on the club’s Scottish Cup squad list which was submitted at the start of the competition. They were thus unavailable to play for Celtic.
On top of that, six other players are missing through long-term injuries. It meant that Celtic only had 10 available players for the game.
The club asked Scottish Women’s Football for the match to be re-scheduled, but despite that request being initially agreed to, it was rejected following an appeal by quarter-final opponents, Glasgow City.
A Celtic spokesperson said: “We were unable to field a team due to four Scottish international call-ups and significant injuries to six other players, thus leaving us with only 10 available players. We made it clear throughout that we were not asking for a change of date because of injured players.
“Clearly, given the circumstances, with only 10 players available, we asked Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) to re-schedule the match and awaited a response from the SWF for more than a week.
“They initially informed us that they were willing to re-schedule the match, but they then told the club that it was not possible following an appeal by Glasgow City.
“We are extremely concerned with the handling of this matter and we are very disappointed that common sense did not prevail.”