There’s so much going on at Celtic from a first team perspective, but away from Ange Postecoglou’s rebuild the Celtic women are readying themselves for the season ahead.
I have to admit, I was shocked yesterday to hear the club had decided to sell Sarah Ewens to Birmingham for an undisclosed fee.
Sarah was the Hoops top goalscorer and managed 64 in 96 games for the ghirls in total.
Speaking to the Birmingham website Ewens said she was delighted about the move:“I’m absolutely delighted. It’s really good to be here and I can’t wait to get started. It is massive for me, coming down, and playing in the top league.
“I love scoring goals and, hopefully, I can bring that to my game down here and also some assists as well. I am a very attacking player and I hope to bring those abilities to Birmingham.”
Out of the three professional women’s clubs in the SWPL – Celtic are the most underfunded at this point. It’s why their second place finish last season and Champions League entry was seen as a great success.
They’ve obviously seen the opportunity to bring in some cash for Sarah and help build the infrastructure of the team.
However, losing so many goals out of that side will have a detrimental effect in the short term.
Celtic signed Icelandic attacher María Catharina Ólafsdóttir Gros before Ewan’s departure, suggesting Fran and the club were aware of Birmingham’s interest for some time. The Hoops also signed the first Chinese women player to the UK when they brought in midfielder Shen Mengyu.
So Fran Alonso is building, but Ewen’s influence on the team means there will be a transition here.