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Elise McCormick: It’s been an unbelievable season already

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Elise McCormick

Under-19s captain Elise McCormick says winning the Performance League title on the final day was well-deserved after a phenomenal season, and thinks making it a double with an Under-17s Scottish Cup victory this Saturday would cap it off perfectly.

Celtic face their closest title challengers Aberdeen on Saturday at the Oriam in the final just six days after grasping the league championship, and with spirits high, McCormick says excitement is rising but they’ll remain level-headed going into the final game of the season.

"We're obviously very excited for this coming up and still excited about winning the league at the weekend. There's obviously those nerves, but I think everyone is quite level-headed and ready to go into it.

"It was such a competitive league this year and we were tested at times, but we were very consistent and had great results throughout. We'll take that to fuel us on, but going into it just wanting to win it too,” she told at Celtic Park.

The Hoops did find themselves left with a congested fixture list in the last two weeks of the season, having to play five games over nine days, meaning the season went down to the wire. But with the job clear, the captain said they didn’t let the final day drama get to them.

"It shows the composure of the group, we didn't let the fact it was the last game of the season crumble us. As a unit, we played every game together.

“Aberdeen were top all season. We weren't top at all and we waited for our chance to get the points on the board. We only won it by a point, but that point got us the trophy and the title,” she said.

Celtic’s trophy day triumph didn’t come without its setbacks though. Edward Gallagher’s side knew a win was necessary to clinch the title, but the hosts initially went 1-0 down on the day. Despite the early setback though, the captain said they had the quality to always see it out.

"We regrouped. We know we're a good team and I think it was just a build up of pressure. I think we needed to concede to just calm us down in a way, and it ended up 3-1 going on 6-1 because we were the better side,” she explained.

But the squad quickly had to put the celebrations on ice and refocus to turn their attentions to the Scottish Cup, and having had a comprehensive road to the final with confidence-boosting wins over Hibs and Dryburgh Athletic, McCormick says they aren’t getting too carried away though and will remain professional, as she targets more success in what she believes has already been an “outstanding” year.

"We've come up against a few well-structured teams we've never played before, with the likes of Hibs 17s and Dryburgh, but they were two comfortable wins I'd say that have set us up nicely for the final.

"We are professional and conduct ourselves well so we dealt well with the earlier rounds. There are never easy games in the cup so we've done a great job and getting results to get us to the final.

"Nobody has played with each other here before this season, so the bond we've already created is unbelievable and it's been an unforgettable season already.

"It's been a brilliant season and I'm quite honoured to be captain,” she said.


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