Celtic FC Women have today announced the signing of Lucy Ashworth Clifford from English Championship side Lewes.
Under the stewardship of Fran Alonso, the side won the League Cup and Scottish Cup in a historic season for the women’s side.
This was the first time that this had been done in the club’s history with the women’s side and the Spaniard will be looking to replicate the success as he looks ahead to the forthcoming season.
It appears that Ange Postecoglou is not the only influential coach at the club with Fran being at the heart of the deal after positive talks with Clifford
“A lot of conversations with Fran, last year as well Celtic were interested and it was just maybe not the right timing but now it feels like a good move and it seems like something that could be good for my future,” said Lucy Ashworth Clifford speaking to Celtic TV.
“I’m looking forward to working with him, I’ve heard good things. There are obviously girls that were at Lewes that have come up to Celtic and stayed here for a good few years so he must be doing something right.”
Current Celts Caitlin Hayes and Annie Timoney are also former Lewes alumni meaning that there is already a familiarity for Clifford as she makes the journey north with her watching on from a distance admiring the team’s success.
The Spanish coach had already completed the switch to Glasgow before Clifford arrived at Lewes meaning that this will be the first time that both will work together.
Celtic will be looking to build on the good work of last season with European ambitions likely to be high on the agenda for Alonso’s side.
Today’s signing is the second deal to be made so far along with the signing of Amy Gallacher.